Sherry Shojaei

Lead Responsibility: Sherry supports CLP’s education and workforce partners as they build capacity to implement and drive positive change within education and workforce systems in the region. She works in conjunction with project leads to provide technical assistance and coordination to sites, along with resource development and documentation. Currently, Sherry is supporting pathway development, work-based learning, and facilitation with three CCPT recipients: LA HITECH, College of the Canyons, and Centinela Valley Union High School District.

Experience: Sherry’s graduate work at Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, part of the University of California, included research with the Gateway to College National Network that focused on the programmatic and policy challenges facing dual enrollment programs. She has worked with UC Berkeley’s Graduate Diversity Program as a Getting into Graduate School (GiGS) mentor, preparing diverse undergraduate students to apply and enroll in graduate school.

Before beginning her graduate studies, Sherry worked with City Year Los Angeles, a national service organization focused on increasing the graduation rates in high-poverty communities. In her work with City Year, she served in a middle school in East Los Angeles, providing strategic academic interventions to students who displayed indicators of being at risk of incompletion, and mentored a team of fourteen first-year corps members to facilitate their service.

Working with City Year not only inspired the passion that Sherry displays for increasing the prevalence of equitable education, but also informed her sense of obligation to serve communities that are grossly underrepresented.

Sherry completed her undergraduate studies at University of California, Irvine where she received a dual degree in Sociology and Criminology/Law and Society.

She is a proud Iranian-American immigrant and finds great joy in her rich culture. Apart from work and school, she thinks of herself as a spontaneous adventurer, music enthusiast, and cook.