Sarah Sharpe has been the Associate Director for Central California Asthma Collaborative since May 2016. She came aboard the organization with over a decade of experience in environmental justice advocacy and non-profit administration and leadership. She is concurrently serving 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. Sarah developed her skills in the field while serving as Environmental Health Program Director for Fresno Metro Ministry for more than 8 years, where she served as the Interim Co-Director from 2013-14. 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 currently a 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, and is the Board Treasurer for the Central California Environmental Justice Network (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 young sons, Kaiyadaye and Kaleb.