Sharon Radd, Ed.D.
Cadre 4 Technical Assistance Specialist
Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center 
  • Ed.D., Educational Leadership (2007)
    University of St. Thomas - Minneapolis
  • M.S., Educational Leadership (1996)
    Minnesota State University-Mankato
  • B.S., Social Work (1991)
    Minnesota State University-Mankato
  • B.A., Sociology (1988)
    Minor:  Speech Communications  
    University of Wisconsin-River Falls 
Secret Superpower: Flexibility
Dr. Sharon Radd is Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership at St Catherine University; Founder and Lead Consultant at Sankalpa Consulting; and MN/WI/IA Technical Assistance Lead for the Midwest and Plains Equity Center at IUPUI. With over 20 years of experience in public education as a school administrator, professional development facilitator, and school social worker, her practice and research explore the complexities of public education as a transformative institution for social justice and equity and the practice of leadership to create democratic, inclusive, and just communities. She specializes in the areas of educational equity, leadership, adult learning, organizational change and development, and communication, conflict and decision-making.
Dr. Radd was a 2006 Bush Leadership Fellow and earned her Doctorate of Education in Leadership from the University of St. Thomas in 2007. Her study titled, “Connecting Private Roads to Public Highways: Toward a Theory of School Leadership for Social Justice” won the 2010 American Educational Research Association LSJ-SIG Social Justice Dissertation Award. Her work has been published in the Journal of School Leadership, Educational Policy, Leading Ethically in Schools and Other Organizations: Inquiry, Case-Studies and Decision-Making, and in a variety of practitioner publications. She is a frequent presenter at peer-reviewed research conferences and across a variety of practitioner settings and organizations. Across roles and settings, Radd helps professionals hone their communication, conflict, and decision-making skills and enhance their leadership, in the service of establishing more authentic relationships, more expansive and optimistic purposes for work, and more socially just and inclusive organizations and practices.