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Vice Chairwoman Sharon F. Bridges

Sharon F. Bridges Esq.

Vice Chairwoman

Attorney Sharon F. Bridges is a trusted legal and business advisor to executive leadership in matters related to board governance, commercial transactions, compliance, contracts, crisis management, enterprise risk management, government relations, human resources, labor and employment, mergers and acquisitions, privacy and security, project management, and litigation. A native of Las Vegas, Nevada, Attorney Bridges relocated to Rankin County, Mississippi, in her teens and graduated as the first African American Valedictorian of her high school class.

A visionary and strategic thinker, Attorney Bridges has successfully driven legal solutions and business outcomes as senior legal counsel for three academic medical centers Attorney and as a law firm equity partner, representing national and international corporations in complex legal matters for over 25 years. Attorney Bridges currently serves as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Baystate Health Inc. in Springfield, Massachusetts, one of the largest non-profit health care systems in western Massachusetts, working remotely from Jackson, Mississippi. In this role, Attorney Bridges serves on the executive leadership team and manages the operations of the legal department overseeing a staff of attorneys and legal professionals, focusing on the overall corporate strategy while designing legal solutions that mitigate risks to the organization.

Attorney Bridges has been an active leader in a host of legal and non-profit organizations. She served as General Counsel and Vice President for the National Bar Association, the oldest association of African American lawyers, judges and law professors. From 2010 to 2014, Attorney Bridges served as International Program Chairman for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., leading the implementation and evaluation of the organization’s programs worldwide in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Africa, Canada and the Caribbean Islands. She served as Adjunct Professor for the Jackson State University Pre-Law Program and was named Adjunct Faculty of the Year in 2020. Attorney Bridges is a former Mississippi Corporate Counsel Association Vice President and Treasurer. She currently serves on the Morris Brown College Foundation Board and the American Health Law Association Women’s Leadership Council.

Attorney Bridges received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Morris Brown College, Atlanta, Georgia and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola University School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana. She is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts (in-house counsel designation), Louisiana and Mississippi. She is married to Bernard Bridges and they have three children.