Sharon and her husband of 35 years, Ted, have twin daughters and one grandchild. She has hiked through most of the Northwest with Ted, even climbed Mt. St. Helens the year before it erupted after he said it was safe! When she's not working, you'll find Sharon cooking and eating good food with friends and family, creating oil paintings at her downtown studio, or backpacking through the NW mountains.
Born in New Orleans, her first job was at a local mall at age 14, wrapping Christmas gifts for families. She worked through college, doing anything from graphic art, work study jobs for the Department of Agriculture, restaurant work, and running campaigns - eventually earning her BA in Political Science from UC Riverside. After college, Sharon moved to Washington where she held positions starting a non profit providing support to victims of sexual violence and as City Administrator at the City of Tukwila.
Fast forward to the present: Sharon has more than 20 years of management, public relations and leadership experience in business, non-profits and government. Most recently, Sharon has worked as a Management Consultant with business, non-profit and government clients. Prior to this she worked as Government Relations Officer for Clark County where she developed yearly legislative agendas, strategies, and initiatives.
Before working for Clark County, Sharon worked as a Consultant for her own company, Wylie and Associates. From 1993-1998 Sharon served as an Oregon Legislator in State House District 22 in Gresham. Sharon is a current board member and past president of Council for the Homeless of Clark County and current board member for the Affordable Community Environments (ACE), a low–income housing development non-profit.