Sharon’s varied professional and volunteer experiences have given her a deeper understanding of people’s lives and challenges, and experience creating plans of action to address their situations.
After graduating from the UW with degrees in Mathematics and Education, Sharon joined VISTA (the domestic Peace Corps), focusing on youth and homelessness. There she first saw children and families struggling for basic necessities: food, housing, equal education, and acceptance.
After returning home, Sharon taught math in Seattle Public Schools for five years, including the first year of integrated busing. She then joined IBM as a technical consultant and account leader for large computer implementations, eventually managing a team across five western states and finally serving as a liaison between Boeing management and IBM.
Working with volunteer organizations has been a consistent priority for Sharon, including as an American Red Cross leader responding to fire and emergency displacements, and as a board member for an orphanage in Africa, for multiple church roles, and for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank from 2002 to 2009.
Sharon feels blessed and excited to serve again on IFCB’s board and positively address the struggles and needs of people in the area.