A.A., Fresno City College
Born and raised in Fresno by a single mom, Sharon Williams values the importance of owning a home in a diverse neighborhood. Some of her favorite childhood memories are in West Fresno listening to live performances by Tina Turner, B.B. King, or going to the drive-in movies.
Sharon’s first job out of the grape fields was at the Downtown Fresno library. While her career spanned a variety of trades, it was her time spent as a group home counselor she became known as “Mama Sharon” and found her true calling working with troubled youth as a truth-teller, with the mantra that “this is not the end of your story.” In 1996, Sharon retired from her dream job as a counselor with Fresno Juvenile Hall.
As a Fresno Housing resident, Sharon’s lived experience with redlining and white-flight makes her an especially valuable member of the Board. Additionally, she believes that ownership is the foundation to achieving your dreams, building wealth, and leaving a legacy for those you love and care for.
To Sharon, family always comes first. She has five children, 23 grandchildren, two-dozen great-grandchildren and is committed to being involved in their lives, whether it is providing guidance or attending field trips. She stays very involved in the community, including the Bringing Broken Neighborhoods Back to Life program and as a local youth minister.