Tiffani Sharp, Attorney and Founder & Executive Director at Willow Tree Roots

Tiffani is a licensed attorney with a specialization in international law with her own legal practice, and she has spent over a decade advocating for the legal rights of the underrepresented, as well as assisting women who have experienced domestic violence. She has traveled the world extensively to developing countries volunteering in orphanages and working with women to improve their socioeconomic status. Through her legal practice and travels, she observed that in communities where women actively participated in changing and improving their own economic status, the communities as whole benefited. This underlying philosophy, that improving the socioeconomic status of women is the key to improving a community at large, is at the root of her nonprofit, Willow Tree Roots.

Name: Tiffani Sharp

Age: 43

Title: Attorney at Law at Tiffani S. Sharp and Founder & Executive Director at Willow Tree Roots

Best Advice You Ever Received: From my father who recognized me as a 13-year-old feminist: “If you don’t get a good education, you’ll have to have some man taking care of you for the rest of your life”. Not that that’s a bad thing, but it definitely motivated me to go to college and law school.

Sacramento Woman You Most Admire? Tamika L’Ecluse who is currently running for City Council for District 5. In addition to admiring her for taking on the establishment and running for office, Tamika is incredibly involved in making Sacramento great and has amazing interest and dedication to the community. No matter how busy she is, she always makes time to answer questions and offer genuine assistance.

Fave Local Cause? Willow Tree Roots of course! I founded the international nonprofit over three years ago with the aim of creating a world where women can affect social change through economic empowerment. This year we started The Power of SHE (Shaping & Honing Entrepreneurs) entrepreneurial incubator for women of color.

What Do You Want to See in Sacramento in 5 Years? I would like to see the issue of gender and racial equity actually addressed in the Sacramento effort. Current efforts do not effectively even include women of color in the conversation.

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