Sharon LeeMaster: BA, 1957

SharonLeeMasterSharon LeeMaster CFRE, became a third generation graduate of the University of Washington in 1957. Her grandmother was in the first class from the current campus, 1894. (Grandma Helen rode the street car from downtown Seattle where her family lived and boarded the barge to take her to the emerging campus. She was also the first woman to receive an advanced degree — Pharmacy!) Sharon’s husband, a UW graduate, wears Helen Anthony Carey’s class ring as his wedding ring.

(Parents Charles R. Carey and Inez Walsh Carey graduated from the UW as well. Mr. Carey was a member of the law firm, Allen & Carey. Mrs. Carey received an education degree.)

After graduation from the new building of the School of Communications, Sharon, as Daily Associate Editor, was invited to a position at the Seattle Post Intelligencer which she left to study in Europe. After nearly two years in Europe where she learned languages, she returned to the P-I and ultimately left her feature writer position to help with the founding of the International Department at Doug Fox Travel.

Sharon and her husband, Parley, a UW graduate whom she met in Europe, moved to San Diego in 1965 where she worked in public relations for the San Diego Symphony and they raised three children.

Before entering the consulting business she spent many years as an Executive Director and Director of Development for major San Diego non-profit organizations.

Professionally Sharon has served two terms as president of the local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) where she received their Outstanding Professional Award; and has served over 11 years on the national boards of AFP, one of a select few who have served with this longevity. She also received a Distinguished Alum Award in 2006 from Forest Ridge School in Bellevue. (Class of 1953)

She has been credentialed as a Certified Fund Raising Executive for 20 years.

Sharon’s volunteer work includes a day care center in the minority neighborhoods, ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists), and the San Diego Performing Arts League.

As the former Western Regional Manager of The Alford Group, a national consulting firm now based in Seattle, she worked on selected projects including the Strategic Plan for the initial $80 million gift for the Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center.

Sharon and Parley’s three children are all university graduates. Their youngest son is following in his mother’s footsteps and is a reporter for the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong.