Sharon Polli joined the staff of Groundswell in 2011 as Director of Development and Communications, and brings ten years of arts administration experience to the organization. Polli is responsible for overseeing Groundswell’s efforts to secure grants from leading funders to support ongoing and new programming initiatives. Since joining the staff, Polli has also managed the development of the organization’s new visual identity, the launch of a new website, and the creation of Groundswell’s newly-designed annual report.
Prior to joining the Groundswell team, Polli was Director of Development for BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn, a multidisciplinary arts and media organization active in the disciplines of contemporary art, performing arts and community media. During her time at BRIC, Polli worked with the Board and staff to get the organization into a state of readiness for the opening of BRIC House, a state-of-the-art arts and media center planned for the BAM Cultural District. Polli began her professional career in the Twin Cities, where she gained hands-on experience in arts and education working with a range of organizations, including the Walker Art Centre, Frank Theatre, and SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development. She has served as a panelist for the grant program offered by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Polli is a graduate of Carleton College, where she was named a William Carleton Scholar and graduated magna cum laude with distinction with a dual degree in Theater and Sociology. Polli lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.