Councilwoman Emma Sharif
Jacqueline D. Ashley, Ed.D
Emma Sharif was first elected to represent 4th District of the Compton City Council in June of 2015. The councilwoman has been a resident of Compton for many years proudly raising her children and working in the community for over 20 years. No stranger to hard work, Emma has always had a passion for education and public service. Emma demonstrated her passion for students through her time as a public-school teacher, and a Youth Development Director in Compton. Observing the need for more qualified and dedicated teachers Emma became a staunch advocate for student success and their overall well-being.
As a result of her passion and advocacy, in 2001, Emma was appointed to the Compton Unified School District (CUSD) Board of Trustees, filling a Board vacancy. In 2003, Emma successfully ran for the full term and served as Trustee of CUSD Board of Directors for fourteen years. In her time as Trustee, 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 Trustee Emma continued to exemplify her leadership by serving in various capacities, including President, Vice President, Clerk, and Legislative Representative.
In 2015, Emma ran a successful campaign for Compton City Council District 4. Since serving on the council, 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 to the city’s scholars in most need. 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 has been leading the charge to address the growing concerns of Homelessness in Compton with partnering cities and agencies. 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 4 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.