Dr. Sharon Groves joined Auburn on August 2015 as Vice-President for Partner Engagement where she engages with movements, leaders, and organizations doing justice work grounded in faith and moral courage. Prior to joining Auburn’s staff, Sharon was a Senior Fellow for Auburn working at the intersection of faith, LGBTQ equality, and social justice. Sharon is the former Director of the Religion and Faith Program at HRC, where she worked from 2005-2014. Under her leadership, Sharon doubled the RFP staff, built a scholarship and mentorship program for LGBTQA religious scholars, engaged in breakthrough conversations with conservative religious leaders, and oversaw statewide faith organizing efforts in Oregon, Illinois, Rhode Island, Maine, Maryland and Washington State. Sharon received her Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Maryland in 2000 and has furthered her theological education through extensive course work at Chicago Theological Seminary, and the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation.