Shon Cowan Baker, PhD, CFRE
President, Foundation for Woman’s
Shon Cowan Baker, PhD, CFRE is Chief Development Officer for the Foundation for Woman’s, the philanthropic arm of Woman’s Hospital. Shon leads the Woman’s Development team in connecting donors to the health system’s world-class care and educational programs through philanthropic outreach. With more than a decade of experience leading development strategy and comprehensive fundraising activities for nonprofit organizations, she assists Woman’s efforts to lead the nation in quality patient care and life-changing discoveries that are essential to the hospital's mission of improving the health of women and infants. Shon oversees the Foundation’s giving campaigns including major, planned, annual, and corporate. Shon previously served as Xavier University of Louisiana’s Associate Vice President of Development where she provided strategic leadership and management for the university’s fundraising programs to include major gifts and corporate and foundation fundraising. Prior to her work with Xavier, Shon directed the Touro Infirmary Foundation where she led all aspects of the hospital’s fundraising to include annual and major giving as well as endowment management.
Shon earned a B.S. from Campbell University, M.A. from the University of Holy Cross and Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. Her research interests include examining the impact of transformational donations on the mission of nonprofit organizations, female philanthropic leadership, and feminist philanthropy. She has served on the Boards of Dress for Success New Orleans, the Friends of City Park of New Orleans, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre and has served as a Committee Chairwoman of the Junior League of New Orleans. Shon was named 2017 Top New Orleans Female Achiever by New Orleans Magazine and was named a 2015 New Orleans City Business Healthcare Hero. Shon graduated from the Young Leadership Council of New Orleans’ Leadership Development Series in 2009.