Ruth Scharf has been involved with many not-for-profit organizations as an active volunteer and board member, including serving as board chair of the Parents League of New York, Annual Fund chair and trustee of The Buckley School in New York City and the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida, and member of the Euro Brokers Relief Fund Board from 2001 to 2006.
After nursing in pediatric oncology and intensive care for several years, Ruth worked for a Florida insurance company setting up a statewide preferred-provider network. She obtained an MSc degree in health economics, policy and finance from the London School of Economics (a joint degree with the School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and performed an internship with the National Health Service to evaluate the status of hospital beds in over-bedded London. After returning to the United States, she obtained an MSc in management from the New York University Wagner School of Public Policy. She maintains an interest in education and health policy through her recent involvement in the Women and Science Program at Rockefeller University.
A graduate of the Duke University School of Nursing, Ruth served on the Nursing Alumni Council from 2009 to 2011, the School of Nursing Advisory Board from 1999 to 2005, and the New York Women’s Forum from 2002 to 2009. She was a class agent for her 30th nursing reunion in 2010 and served as a leadership volunteer to the Annual Fund. While at Duke, she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority.
She maintains an active nursing license. Ruth has a son, Ben, who attends Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.
She lives in New York City.