Raj and Nalini Sharma were instrumental in founding AIF’s New England Chapter in 2004; both serve as Trustees of AIF and Raj serves as a member of the Board of Directors. Raj is a Managing Director and Head of The Sharma Group, a high end private advisory boutique within Merrill Lynch’s Private Banking and Investment Group. He has been recognized as one of fifteen All-Stars by Barron’s Magazine—a
recognition bestowed on advisors who have made the Top 100 list for ten consecutive years. In addition, Raj and the Sharma Group have been recognized as the number one advisor in Massachusetts for the past five years. Raj was also recognized in the FT 400, a list of top global advisors compiled by The Financial Times as well as Forbes Magazine. He has been featured on financial planning and investment strategy by various national and local publications.
Nalini and Raj are active in philanthropy, civic and arts organizations on a global scale. Raj serves as a Trustee of Emerson College and as Chair of the Board of YouthLEAD, an innovative organization encouraging respectful dialogue on difficult issues and promoting tolerance and understanding among young people. Raj is a former Chairman and Trustee of Boston Harbor Now, an organization devoted to the promotion and preservation of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park. Nalini is on the Board of Overseers of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston as well as YouthLEAD and MITHAS, an organization that promotes Music and Art of South Asia. Through her support of various earth and environment agencies, she is a champion of the outdoors.
They have four children and live in Sharon, MA.