Director of Strategic Initiatives, Participatory Budgeting Project
Shari is responsible for the strategic development and management of PBP’s network-building work and for launching new high impact participatory budgeting processes. She joined PBP staff after nearly 15 years of service and leadership in local government. As Director of Youth Engagement and Employment for the City of Boston she launched Youth Lead the Change, the first youth participatory budgeting process in the US, which won the US Conference of Mayors’ City Livability Award. Shari first got involved in city government in high school, serving as the Citywide Neighborhood Safety Coordinator on the Boston Mayor’s Youth Council and working at the Mayor’s Youthline. Shari is a graduate of Boston University’s Sargent College for Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and holds a master’s degree in anatomy and physiology.
Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important?
At a time when there are so many threats to democracy, being able to change, shift culture, and innovate is how we get to a place where people’s voices are really heard.
What do you hope to see at the 2018 Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference?
At the Conference, I’m really excited to see collaborative solutions and models that can be adapted to affect racial equity and move the social needle.