Sharon Evans vision was to establish a forum for civic engagement about Israel and the Middle East. A dedicated non-profit professional and advocate for public diplomacy, along with an entrepreneurial spirit, she brings years of experience in strategic planning, brand development, fundraising and innovative projects. Prior to founding IPD, Evans served as spokesperson for the Israel Solidarity Emergency Fund (ISEF)/OneFamily and founded Adopt a Family, a non-profit established to highlight the long-lasting effects of global terrorism on victims and their families. In recognition, she was awarded the Key to Las Vegas by Mayor Oscar Goodman. Prior to her founding of IPD Forum, she served as Director of Development for North America at Bar Ilan University.