Sharon Cornu, Executive Director


Sharon Cornu brings St. Mary’s Center decades of experience in management, advocacy and creating learning organizations. She has developed and executed winning strategies to increase investment in affordable housing; moved public support and political will to improve opportunity and security for seniors, small businesses, and working families; and developed innovative strategies for nurturing new leaders. Her interest in community development deepened as Deputy Mayor in Oakland and as Executive Officer of the Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO. Her writing has been published by the San Francisco Chronicle, Shelterforce, and the Insight Center for Community Economic Development.  She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and earned a Masters of Science in Human Services at the University of Massachusetts/Boston, inspired by work at Nickerson Settlement House in Providence, RI. Cornu is a former adjunct professor at Mills College and lives in the East Bay.