Jumpstart Appoints Chief Dev. and Marketing Officer
Sharon Reilly
Sharon Reilly

December 14, 2020 —Jumpstart, a national nonprofit based in Boston that recruits and trains college students and community volunteers to serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods, recently announced that it appointed Sharon Reilly as chief development and marketing officer.

Jumpstart said Reilly will ensure the people, partnerships, and systems across Jumpstart’s network are aligned to meet the organization’s fundraising goals, and advance Jumpstart’s overall brand.

“We must redouble our efforts to champion the communities who have been disproportionately impacted by the current pandemic, economic downturn, and racial injustice,” said Jumpstart CEO Naila Bolus. “Sharon Reilly is the right leader at the right time to inspire, educate, and engage a diverse stakeholder community in service of Jumpstart’s mission nationally. We are ecstatic that she will be rejoining us.”

He added, “Among Sharon’s many skills and competencies is her inclusive leadership – a Jumpstart core value. She leads with gratitude and cultivates a love of individuals and passion for the work to bring her team and donors together around a mission.”

Reilly is returning to Jumpstart after previously serving as its tri-state region executive director.

“I am so proud to have the opportunity to come back to Jumpstart,” said Reilly. “There is not another organization taking this unique approach to one of America’s most persistent challenges, the education of young children, especially children whose lives are impacted by the crippling effects of poverty.

“Jumpstart is poised to do its best work and I am honored to join the team, especially at this moment in history which calls upon each of us to reflect and to take action.”

Reilly’s professional career raising money and elevating the brand of nonprofits in Boston that were at a transformational moment. Most recently she served as vice president for development at The Greater Boston Food Bank, and previously she served as executive director of Cradles to Crayons Massachusetts and executive director of the Women’s Lunch Place.

Reilly earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English language and literature from Rust College and a Master of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Mississippi.

Since it was founded in 1994 by four college students, Jumpstart has trained more than 45,000 college students and community volunteers, preparing nearly 100,000 children for kindergarten success. Today, it operates in 14 states and the District of Columbia, partnering with higher education institutions, community organizations, Head Start programs, community-based preschools, and school districts.