Sharon Allison has served as a leader in reproductive health globally, in the United States, and in Texas. Sharon is the former president of the board of International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region and member of the Governing Council of International Planned Parenthood Federation. She was chair of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and president of the Waco Foundation. She served on the boards of Guttmacher Institute, Americans for UNFPA, Pathfinder International and the board of visitors for Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
Her lifelong commitment to improving her community is evidenced by her participation on a number of boards, including Outreach Commission; League of Women Voters; United Way of McLennan County, Texas; Junior League of Waco (president); Protective Services Commission, and Evangelia Settlement. Ms. Allison was a delegate to the 1994 UN International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo and the 1995 UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.