Dr. Sharon McDaniel

Founder, President and CEO

Pittsburgh Corporate Office: (412) 342-0600

Dr. Sharon L. McDaniel is the founder, president and CEO of A Second Chance, Inc. (ASCI), the nation’s leading nonprofit voice on kinship care. She has more than 30 years of professional experience as an award-winning child welfare leader in Pennsylvania.

Notable affiliations include: Casey Family Programs; Jim Casey Youth Opportunity Initiative; Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth; Quality Improvement Center on Post Permanency Services through HHS and Spaulding for Children; Federal Quality Child and Family Services Review; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Advisory Kinship Panel; National Center on Grandfamilies Council for Generations United; Casey National Center for Resource Family Support Advisory Board; Children’s Defense Fund; Pennsylvania Quality Assurance Committee for Child and Family Service Review; Allegheny County Children’s Cabinet.

Civically, she is the president of Black Administrators in Child Welfare, on the board of Coro Pittsburgh and is the founding president and current treasurer of the African American Strategic Partnership. 

Dr. McDaniel notably served as a co-investigator and author of “Subsidized Legal Guardianship: A Permanency Planning Option Study for Children Placed in Kinship Care” and “Subsidized Legal Guardianship Update.” Her research supported the development of a subsidized legal guardianship proposal for Pennsylvania, which, at that time, had no such legal status in its legislation.

Over the past 30 years, Dr. McDaniel has authored several articles and papers on child welfare and has received numerous local and national honors and awards. She has also been devoted to higher education, earning her master’s degree followed by her doctorate in education, as well as attending Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government for Executive Education in Nonprofit Governance and the University of Chicago’s Executive Education in Investment Management. She is currently pursuing her PhD.

Additionally, as a sought-after lecturer, she has presented at the University of Barcelona, Oxford University, Howard University and others.