Sharifa is the Development and Communications Coordinator for SMYAL. Before arriving at SMYAL Sharifa held a variety of positions both inside and outside of the nonprofit sector. From working as the media relations associate at The Center for Health and Homeland Security to working at a startup she brings a wealth of experience with her.
Sharifa is thrilled she landed at SMYAL to apply her skills towards make a difference for the area’s LGBTQ youth.
Sharifa spent her most formative teenaged years Rockville, MD and considers herself to be from the DMV. She earned a BA from Yale in Psychology and returned to the DC area for its vibrant culture and amenable pace of life.
When not at work Sharifa can be found playing rugby, volunteering for her rugby club, being the least flexible person in a yoga class, or cooking an elaborate meal.