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 also 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 SMMUSD 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 in the last eight years now generate $24 million annually for Santa Monica-Malibu public schools.
Shari is a consultant and advisor to The Children’s Partnership, a national nonprofit advocacy organization with offices in Santa Monica and Washington, D.C. She also has served on numerous school-oriented committees and bond measure campaigns.
Prior to her nonprofit work, Shari spent 12 years as a public affairs advocate and governmental relations consultant and has experience as a municipal finance investment banker. 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 Alternative Living for the Aging.
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. She went on to earn her Master’s degree in Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She and her husband have made Santa Monica their home for 23 years and have three children. She enjoys running, skiing and the beach with her family, and last March completed the 2011 Los Angeles Marathon.