Sharon Lee Cowan '78

Member, Board of Visitors

Sharon Lee Cowan '78 is head of corporate communication in Europe and Central Asia for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). A U.S. national, Sharon Lee worked several years as a journalist in Boston and San Francisco before joining FAO’s communication team. At the Organization’s Rome, Italy headquarters, she led a team of creative people with expertise in writing, editing, design, Web management, social media, events, fundraising, exhibitions, celebrity involvement and more. The team developed the award-winning "1billionhungry project” — a campaign that directed public attention to the prevalence of chronic hunger in developing countries. In 2014 Sharon Lee moved to FAO’s regional office for Europe and Central Asia, in Budapest, where she now leads the effort to raise visibility and mobilize resources for FAO’s field programme in the region. At Dartmouth, Sharon Lee studied Russian Language and Literature, was a Rassias drill instructor in Russian, and participated in Language Study Abroad at the University of Leningrad in 1979. She was a member of Russian Club and wrote for the Jack-O-Lantern.