Sharon Alford has over 30 years of non-profit managerial experience and education in developing and implementing programs for community-based organizations. Her passion is building coalitions and marshalling resources for diverse communities.
During her eight plus years with Berkeley Food & Housing Project (BFHP) Sharon has provided managerial leadership for Men’s Shelter Services, the City of Berkeley Shelter Reservation System, Homeless Prevention Rapid Rehousing Programs, North County Women’s Center shelter and transitional housing programmatic oversight and BFHP’s Shelter Plus Care program providing PSH case management in scatted sites. In the past three years, Sharon has been part of the team that created and implemented Berkeley’s coordinated Entry System which serves northern Alameda County’s most vulnerable homeless clients. She currently oversees a dynamic team that provides outreach, assessment, housing navigation, housing location, temporary financial assistance, housing stabilization and long-term case management services She is responsible for the coordination with other Berkeley service providers, the other County Housing Resource Centers, the Home Stretch program and the AC3 Connect Whole Person Care Program.
Prior to joining BFHP, Sharon served as a team leader on a number of projects and organizations, adding her project management skills to San Francisco Executive Planning Committees charged with designing services and developing policies that impact low-income, underserved, and homeless populations. Sharon brings human-relations skills and a results-driven approach to every team she manages. Program design and implementation remains her highest priority.
Sharon’s consultant and committee experiences include: San Francisco’s “Say Yes to Jobs” (under the direction of former Mayor, Willie Brown), The SFFD Cadet Recruitment Program, the Employment Development Department’s One Stop Access Centers, Design and Employment Opportunities for Fillmore Heritage Redevelopment Project, Contra Costa Everyone Home, and the Shelter Reservation systems for both San Francisco and Berkeley California. She is currently a member of, and provides managerial oversight for, the City of Berkeley’s Community-Based Organizations Policy Design Group for the Coordinated Entry System.