Sharlee Jeter is president of the Turn 2 Foundation, a nonprofit established by Derek Jeter in 1996 to help young people reach their full potential by fostering leadership development, academic achievement, healthy lifestyles and social change.
Since she assumed leadership of Turn 2 in 2010, Sharlee has taken the Foundation to new heights, elevating the organization's profile across the country while successfully channeling its fundraising power to achieve staggering results. For 12 consecutive years, 100% of students have graduated from the Jeter's Leaders program and attended college. In the last five years, the program placed students in 135 paid internships through an initiative Sharlee created. And in 2017, Turn 2 permanently endowed its fourth college scholarship, the UNCF/Sharlee Jeter Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a Jeter's Leaders graduate to attend a Historically Black College or University. Sharlee is also spearheading Turn 2's hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, Miami and the Florida Keys.
In addition to her role at Turn 2, Sharlee is vice president of strategy and development for Jeter Ventures, which encompasses Derek's full portfolio of business operations. She also oversees the children's division of Jeter Publishing, an imprint of Simon & Schuster launched in 2014 that has released New York Times bestseller The Contract, its followup, Hit & Miss, and most recently, Changeup.
Sharlee is the co-author of a powerful, highly anticipated book released in 2018. Co-written by Dr. Sampson Davis, The Stuff: Unlock Your Power to Overcome Challenges, Soar and Succeed, was inspired by the authors' own personal challenges and is intended to inspire readers to recognize their own strength and potential to succeed. Sharlee began her involvement with the Turn 2 Foundation in 1996 as a high school volunteer. At the age of 18, she was named to the Board of Directors. In 2002, she joined the Foundation full-time as program director, developing a number of successful initiatives, including a partnership with The St. Joseph's School for the Deaf in the Bronx that led to the integration of the deaf into many Turn 2 programs and events in New York and Michigan. Sharlee was promoted to director of development in 2004, and in 2007, she was named vice president.
Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Sharlee graduated in 1997 from Kalamazoo Central High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics in 2001 from Spelman College in Atlanta. Sharlee currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her son, Jalen.