Drawn to the possibility of providing greater opportunities for young scholars to learn, Shari and Jeff Aronson ’15P have generously supported Lehigh University both philanthropically and through their time and counsel. The Aronsons are the parents of Lehigh graduate, Brian Aronson ’15.
Shari serves on the Lehigh University Board of Trustees, a position that she has held since 2012. In addition, she is a member of the Social Policy Advisory Board at Johns Hopkins University, where their two other children, Marni and Nicole, attended college. Jeff also embodies the Aronson family’s dedication to higher education and has served on the Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees since 2006 and as the board’s 16th chair since 2012. He is also a trustee at New York University School of Law.
Shari completed a bachelor of science degree in finance from the University of Delaware in 1980 as well as a master of business administration degree from Pace University in 1985. Jeff earned an undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1980 and continued his education to receive a juris doctor degree in 1983. Jeff is a co-founder and managing principal of Centerbridge Partners, an investment management firm.
The Aronsons actively support local and national causes related to education, healthcare, and the advancement of Jewish initiatives and programs. In her position of overseeing the Aronson Family Foundation, Shari is committed to fulfilling its mission of making positive changes in the lives of youth through investments in a range of programs that increase opportunities through education, career development, access to critical health services, and the strengthening of Jewish life. Her volunteer work also includes serving as a member of the board of trustees at the Jewish Museum in New York City and as a trustee of Sunrise Association, which provides free summer camp for children with cancer.
Together, the Aronsons have contributed generously to Lehigh, positively impacting bright and aspiring students through their philanthropy. Their deep commitment is evidenced through the Aronson Family Endowed Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarship support for students in need, as well as program support for the Mountaintop Initiative.
They reside in New York City.