Sharmila Lawrence, MIA  – Senior Consultant

Sharmila Lawrence is a Senior Consultant with over 15 years of experience in project management, research, and program design. She previously served as a Research Associate at the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health coordinating a multi-million dollar federally funded research project on early education. At Marga Inc. she manages the Race and Equity in Philanthropy Group initiative, facilitates and coordinates the programming of the Anchor Institution Task Force’s Health Professionals Subgroup, and undertakes research for both the Newark Anchor Collaborative’s Signature Program on Racial Equity and the United Philanthropy Forum’s Racial Equity Committee.  

Her past research has focused on issues related to early childhood education, welfare reform and child and family well-being, and domestic violence among low-income populations. She is passionate about issues related to race, gender, poverty, and human rights both domestically and internationally. This passion grew out of her experience living and studying in Papua New Guinea, India and the U.S. Sharmila has a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University with a dual concentration in economic and political development, and human rights and humanitarian affairs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the College of Wooster.