Sharifa Wilson works as a non-profit consultant focusing on program development, advocacy, community change & engagement. She holds a B.S. from New York University and began working with children of East Palo Alto, as a teacher in the Ravenswood district. Her belief in civic engagement led her to serve on the EPA Human Services Commission, chair the Personnel Commission and co-chair the Rent Stabilization Task Force. Elected to the East Palo Alto City Council, she served for 12 years; three as Mayor and five as Vice Mayor and Chair of the Redevelopment Agency. In 2020, she ended her 12-year tenure on the Ravenswood City School District Board of Trustees. A powerful community activist, Sharifa has worked with non -profit youth serving organizations, such as College Track, One EPA, and Live In Peace and serves on the board of the EPA Family YMCA & EPA Tee-Ball/Pitching Machine.