Biography of Sharif Street
Sharif Street is an attorney whose practice focuses on real estate, business law, telecommunications and government relations. He is currently a member of the American, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and National Bar Associations as well as a member of the Philadelphia Barristers Association, for which he served as a board member in 2002.
Sharif's involvement in housing and community development has been extensive. He has advised clients on topics such as eminent domain acquisition; low income housing tax credit, Hope VI and bond financing; storm water and water sewer compliance; zoning and permitting; labor standards compliance; women, minority and disadvantaged business certifications; and utility and telecommunications issues. He has served on the Council for HOPE VI, has been a featured presenter at the National Public Housing Resident Empowerment Conference and served as managing director of the Housing Association of Delaware Valley.
Sharif, a product of the Philadelphia public school system, is a member of the 251st graduating class of Central High School where he served as student body president. He graduated cum laude from Morehouse College with a B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. At Morehouse, Sharif served as President of the Student Senate and was an Academic All-American track and field athlete. In 1999, Sharif graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he served as president of the Penn Law Democrats and was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in July 2000.
Sharif Street began his public career as a community activist organizing a Town Watch group while in law school. He worked for the Pennsylvania Senate, serving as the Chief Legislative Advisor to Democratic Chair of the Housing and Urban Development Committee and had primary responsibility for overseeing legislative, housing, environmental and economic development initiatives. While working for the Senate, Sharif facilitated the creation of Philadelphia Green Communities, the first environmental educational program of its kind implemented in a major U.S. city. Sharif helped to found and served on the Board of Directors of Urban Solutions, a non-profit corporation created to address the health needs of traditionally under-served communities. Additionally, he has served on the board of the North Central Philadelphia Empowerment Zone's Housing Trust Fund and was a member of the North-Central Empowerment Zone's Community Advisory Committees for Housing, Crime and Public Safety, and Economic Development. Sharif has served as a board member of the Columbia North YMCA and is a current member of the Philadelphia's African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs Commission.
Sharif has served as an advisor to numerous political campaigns, including those of Governor Edward G. Rendell, U.S. Senators Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Bob Casey. He’s also participated in campaigns for U.S. Representatives Chaka Fattah, Bob Brady and Alyson Schwartz plus numerous members of state and local legislative bodies. Sharif was elected to serve a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2004. In 1998, Sharif was elected as a Philadelphia County Democratic Committeeperson and was appointed to the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee. He co-founded and served as the Chairman of NextGen, a Political Action Committee supporting a progressive, moderate agenda for political change and encouraging disenfranchised voters to become involved in the political process.
Sharif was a Co-Chair of Pennsylvania Black Professionals for John Kerry, the national Co-Chair of Gorenet for Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Chair for Young Blacks for Al Gore. He has served as Executive Vice President of the Philadelphia Young Democrats, on the Executive Board of the Pennsylvania Young Democrats and as General Counsel to the Philadelphia Young Democrats.