Manisha Sharma Harrell has over ten years of diverse Development and fundraising experience at non for profit organizations and higher education institutions. Manisha joined Old Dominion University as the Major Gift Officer for the College of Health Sciences in 2013 and during her tenure gifts received by the college have climbed substantially. Before arriving at ODU, Manisha was the Director of Development for Saint Louis University School of Medicine and organized successful reunion giving programs and worked with hundreds of medical alumni to regularly surpass fund-raising goals.
Prior to working at Saint Louis University, Manisha was the Associate Director of Funding Research and Proposals at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri. Her successful grant writing provided mentoring services for thousands of youth in the greater St. Louis area. While working at Girls Incorporated in Lowell, MA, Manisha expanded the outreach programs from two schools to nine schools through strong community relationships, successful grant proposals and effective fundraising strategies.
In 2016, Manisha co-founded Strength in Numbers Hampton Roads, a women’s giving circle dedicated to supporting nonprofit organizations in South Hampton Roads that improve the quality of life for women and families in education, health and welfare and prevention of violence and abuse. She has also served as a Board Member of the Himalayan Family Healthcare Project, a nonprofit dedicated to providing community-drive, quality, primary healthcare and education services in remote areas of Nepal.
Manisha originally hails from Massachusetts. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Colby College and a Master’s Degree in Community Psychology from University of Massachusetts.