Brenda Sharpe

President and CEO

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Brenda Sharpe is President and CEO of the REACH Healthcare Foundation, leading the organization since 2004. With nearly $140 million in assets, the foundation’s purpose is to create access to quality health care for the poor and underserved. Sharpe is responsible for advancing the foundation’s strategic funding and public policy interests, with an emphasis on patient-centered and integrated models of care. Prior to joining REACH as its first CEO, Sharpe served 10 years as President and CEO of Sunflower House, a children’s advocacy center that serves Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas.

Sharpe is a member of the Board of Directors of Grantmakers in Health (GIH), a national nonprofit educational organization dedicated to helping foundations and corporate giving programs improve the health of all people. She also serves on the GIH Finance Committee. She serves as a Trustee of MOSAIC Life Care, a non-profit healthcare system serving Northwest Missouri and the Kansas City region. Additionally, Sharpe is a member of the Healthy KC Commission, a regional collaboration of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, focused on improving health throughout the metro area. She also serves on the Chamber’s Public Policy Council.

Brenda has accepted numerous appointments over her 25-year nonprofit career, including service on the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts, Healthy Kansans 2020 Steering Committee, Kansas Health Insurance Exchange Steering Committee, and the Attorney General’s Crime Victims’ Rights and Human Trafficking Grants Review Boards. She was recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal as one of the areas “Power 100” in 2015 and 2016, featured in Ingram’s Magazine “250 Most Powerful Business Leaders in Kansas City” in 2016, and was presented with the Urban League’s “Difference Maker Award” for leadership in health equity and philanthropy in 2015. Sharpe received the “Nonprofit Professional of the Year” award from Nonprofit Connect in 2007 and is a graduate of the Leadership Kansas Class of 2006.

She and her husband Mike Sharpe live in Overland Park, Kansas, and have a teenage son and daughter.