Councilwoman Emma Sharif
Jacqueline D. Ashley, Ed.D
Emma Sharif was first elected to the Compton City Council 4th District in June of 2015. Emma has been a resident of Compton for many years and has proudly raised her children and worked in the community. Emma is no stranger to hard work and has always had a passion for education and public service. She has served her community for almost twenty years.
Emma demonstrated her passion for students through her tenure as a public school teacher, and a Youth Development Director in Compton. There she observed the need for more qualified and dedicated teachers. In 2001, as advocate for the students to ensure the educational success and overall well-being of all Compton students Emma was appointed to the Board of Trustee filling a Board vacancy.
In 2003, Emma successfully ran for the full term seat and was victorious. She served as Trustee of CUSD Board of Directors for fourteen years.
While serving as a Trustee on the Compton Unified School District (CUSD) Board of Trustees, Emma supported the implementation of the Plumbing Entrepreneur Program for the CUSD ROP. Emma also was instrumental in working with the Construction Management Program at Centennial High School exposing young people to construction management concepts; as well as the Solar Cup Project at Compton High School. Emma successfully championed the efforts of bringing the Emergency Repair Program (ERP) to the District. The ERP program yielded over forty million dollars to repair twenty-eight schools within the District. As a Trustee of the CUSD Board of Trustees, Emma continued to exemplify her leadership by serving in various capacities, including President, Vice President, Clerk, and Legislative Representative.
In 2015, Emma ran for the City Council District 4 seat; and was successful in her election. Since serving the 4th District of the City of Compton, Councilperson Sharif has championed many projects: As a freshman, Emma was given the task of continuing and enhancing the existing scholarship program awarding over $10,000. She has championed and supported the Collaborative Court, which was implemented at the Compton Courthouse. Emma coordinated efforts with partnering Cities to address the growing concerns of human trafficking in Compton, Long Beach, Lynwood, etc. Emma also coordinated efforts with partnering Cities to address the growing concerns of Homelessness in Compton and surrounding cities. Emma coordinated the redevelopment and renovation of South Park to include: (Phase I completed 2016) renovated outdoor basketball courts, renovated youth baseball field, new playground sponsored by grant from the KaBoom Foundation, new site furnishings. (Phase II completed in 2018) new outdoor restroom, walking trail, exercise equipment stations, and security lighting. Emma’s future vision is to make sure Kelly Park receives the same updates and renovation including: renovated baseball field, walking trail, exercise equipment stations, renovated outdoor basketball court, and site furnishings. Development of the first ever District 4 Community Council to serve as advisement for all district four related needs. Emma’s strong community ties and independent thinking led to a strategic and systematic effort of cleaning up the city.
As Councilperson for the 4th District, Emma serves on the following committees: Southern California Associations of Government (SCAG) District 26 Regional Council Representative, SCAG Energy and Environment Committee, League of California Cities on the “Governance Transparency and Labor Relations Policy” Committee, Gateway Cities Council of Governments (COG) Committee on Homelessness and Board of Directors on the Independent Cities Finance Authority (ICFA).
Emma Sharif holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science/Sociology; and a Masters Degree in Public Administration.
Emma also holds membership with the following organizations: National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC), Martin Luther King Democratic Club (MLK), New Frontier Democratic Club (NFDC), and Progressive Democratic Club.
Councilwoman Emma Sharif is dedicated to addressing quality of life issues, government transparency, and equality for all residents in Compton and its neighboring cities. Councilwoman can always be found in and around the community visiting seniors, attending school events, speaking at graduations, neighborhood block parties and club meetings. Councilwoman proudly represents Compton to build relationships with other Cities and County as well as State and Federal Legislative Leaders.