Sharon Grace Joins the Optical Society as Chief of Staff


Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

Sharon Grace Joins the Optical Society as Chief of Staff

Sharon Grace
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WASHINGTON, July 24, 2013—The Optical Society (OSA) announced today that Sharon Grace has joined the society as its new chief of staff.  Grace will oversee OSA’s government relations, communications, marketing, governance, volunteer relations and history programs.  Grace will also serve as a member of OSA’s Executive Team.

“Sharon’s background in the scientific and industry association world is an excellent fit for OSA. She understands both the immediate and long-term opportunities and challenges for our community,” said OSA CEO Elizabeth Rogan. “She is poised to be a successful leader of the diverse set of responsibilities she is taking on here.  Her background will serve as a strong foundation in setting the strategic direction of these program areas for OSA. We’re pleased to welcome Sharon to the OSA team.”

Grace brings more than 25 years of experience to OSA.  In her previous position as managing director at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), she led all external affairs for the professional society including media relations, corporate communications, marketing, websites, public policy, corporate membership and design and production.  Prior to AIAA, Grace was director of communications at the Telecommunications Industry Association, where she directed media relations, publications, marketing and small business development. Grace has also held PR and marketing positions for SAVVIS Communications, CDA Investment Technologies, Crown Life Insurance and Amerace Corporation.  Grace received her B.A. in English from Wake Forest University and is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, American Society of Association Executives and Women in Aerospace.
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