Sharon serves as a program associate for IEL's Coalition for Community Schools. In this capacity, she engages the Coalition’s steering committee, leads a facet of IEL’s development initiatives, leads the planning and implementation of IEL’s Community Schools and Family & Community Engagement Conference taking place in Los Angeles in 2020, and supports the Community Schools Research Practice Network.
Sharon strives for a world where all children have the opportunity and resources they need to succeed, independent of the circumstances they are born into. During her past few years in the D.C., Sharon has worked toward that vision through implementing a college access program at the Friendship Public Charter School, as well as securing funding for and implementing a community gathering for families at the D.C. General Homeless Shelter. Prior to joining IEL, Sharon contributed to policy and research at the 50 State Campaign for Achievement Now, worked at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders focusing on strategic communications and community engagement, and supported programming and scholarship management at the Center for Student Opportunity, a nonprofit that supports first-generation college students. Sharon also has experience in grassroots organizing for the Ed Markey for U.S. Senate Campaign and has provided communications assistance for the Office of U.S. Senator Ed Markey.
Sharon earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government), a Certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies, and a Certificate in Public Affairs and Advocacy from American University in 2017. She earned a Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and Advocacy from American University’s School of Public Affairs in 2018. Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle!