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 investment banker. 

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.