Sharon Ford Watkins has been at NBCC for 20 years. She directs the Coalition’s nationwide grassroots’ public policy and mobilization implementation efforts. Previous professional experience includes advocacy work with state and local organizations in support of a variety of health and other public policy issues. She worked for the federal government as Intergovernmental Affairs liaison working to develop and implement policy initiatives, legislative proposals and various programs. Ms. Ford Watkins received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. Post-graduate studies include a National Institute of Mental Health Fellowship Program specializing in drug and alcohol addictions training.