Senior Advisor – External Affairs
Sarah Sharpe comes to the CPUC with more than a decade of experience in environmental justice advocacy and non-profit administration. Sarah was most recently the Associate Director for Central California Asthma Collaborative and concurrently served as the Director of Outreach and Communication for the Berkeley/Stanford Children's Health and Air Pollution Study for the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Previously, Sarah was the Environmental Health Program Director for Fresno Metro Ministry for more than 8 years, where she served in a variety of leadership roles.
A third generation Valley resident, Sarah has a background in grassroots organizing for social justice, labor rights, environmental justice, and immigrant's rights in the San Joaquin Valley. Sarah is a past member of the Central Valley Air Quality (CVAQ) Coalition's Steering Committee, the Citizens Advisory Committee for the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District representing Fresno County, Californians for Pesticide Reform Steering Committee, and the Central California Environmental Justice Network's Unity Council (CCEJN).
As a former community organizer with the United Farm Workers in Delano, Sarah served as the program coordinator of the Farm Worker Safe Drinking Water Program. Sarah's background also includes work with the Coalition for Clean Air, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 250, and teaching Spanish in high-need schools in Brooklyn, New York through the New York City Teaching Fellows Program. Sarah has a Bachelor's degree from the University of California Santa Barbara in both Communication and Latin American and Iberian Studies and a Master's degree in teaching Spanish from City University of New York, Brooklyn. She currently lives in Fresno with her two sons, Kaiyadaye and Kaleb.