SHARLENE KEMLER, CEO

Sharlene Kemler is a philanthropic, social cause-marketing, and nonprofit management consultant with over a decade of experience in cultivating, developing, and sustaining innovative strategic partnerships and initiatives. In 2014, she founded SK Philanthropy, a Brooklyn-based boutique consulting firm, where she advises her clients on their humanitarian efforts, optimizes philanthropic giving, consults on nonprofit development, and connects nonprofits with celebrity ambassadors.

Sharlene has managed campaigns for Ben & Jerry’s, UN Women, Procter & Gamble, and Grey Global Group. She established strategic partnerships for Burton Snowboards, BET, MTV, and NowThis. Sharlene facilitated a World AIDS Day takeover in Time Square, securing $2.5 million in free ad space across 53 jumbo screens. Through strategic partnerships, she has acquired over $5 million in donated services for her nonprofit clients. As Chief of Operations & Campaigns for Alicia Keys’ nonprofit,  WE ARE HERE, Sharlene streamlined all financial operations and managed a grant portfolio of $1 million. Prior to WE ARE HERE, Sharlene was Director of Operations and Outreach Programs at Lifebeat, Music Fights HIV/AIDS, producing award-winning campaigns and fostering strategic partnerships nationwide with nonprofits and corporations. She has worked with celebrity influencers such as Snoop Dogg, Coldplay, Juanes, Madonna, Kendrick Lamar, along with many others.

Sharlene recently launched an exciting new initiative, Modern Philanthropy Collective, a minority-led social impact fund changing philanthropy and redefining inclusion.  Funded by celebrities and social influencers of color who want to invest in communities that have invested in them, MPC intentionally and explicitly reflects the communities it serves. MPC  is a collective of diverse community partners, social innovators, donors, and advisors working together to inspire sustainable social change. Sharlene currently resides in Brooklyn, NY with her son and husband.