In addition to serving
Santa Monica College as acting co-director of the Public Policy Institute,
Shari Davis is co-chair of Community for Excellent Public Schools (CEPS), a
nonprofit grassroots political action committee based in Santa Monica,
dedicated to advocating for increased financial resources for public schools.
She served as co-chair of the City of Santa Monica’s
2010 Yes on Y+YY campaign, President of the Santa Monica-Malibu Council of
PTAs, chair of the Yes on R campaign for Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School
District in 2008, and co-chair of the 2004 community-based effort that led to
the establishment of a long-term financial agreement between the City of Santa
Monica and SMMUSD. These various campaigns now generate $27 million
annually for Santa Monica-Malibu public schools.
Shari is Chair of the
Board of Directors of The Children’s Partnership, a national nonprofit advocacy
organization with offices in Santa Monica and Washington, D.C. She is past
chair of Covenant House California and served on the boards of the Children’s
Museum of Los Angeles, the Weingart Center Partners, and Affordable Living for
the Aging. She also has served on numerous school-oriented committees and bond
measure campaigns and ran for Santa Monica City Council.
Prior to her nonprofit and
community work, Shari spent 12 years as a public affairs advocate and
governmental relations consultant and has experience as a municipal finance
Shari graduated Magna Cum
Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Southern California, where she
double majored in Political Science and Public Relations and was captain of the
women’s gymnastics team. She went on to earn her Master’s degree in Public
Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where she
co-chaired the student government, served on the Institute of Politics advisory
committee and graduated as class marshal.