Throughout her undergraduate career, Sharon explored many of her passions including education, environmental justice, indigenous sovereignty, and conservation. In the summer of 2015, she was accepted as a Doris Duke Conservation Scholar, conducting ecology research projects at multiple research stations in California. In the summer of 2017, she merged her passion of community outreach and ecology research through the REU Belize Citizen Science GIS project, where she worked with locals in Hopkins, Belize, to identify how the marine debris on the village's coast was affecting their lives. Sharon has also done research in the Galápagos Islands focusing on the sociopolitical dynamics between locals, tourists, and outside development companies on their impact on the islands.
Sharon grew up in San Antonio Texas; she attended college in Maine for her first two years, focusing on environmental education through a social justice lens. In her junior year, Sharon transferred to Beloit college in Wisconsin, attaining her degree in Environmental studies: Justice and Citizenship with a minor in Education. As a queer, Chicanx and first-generation college student working in the environmental sector, Sharon has experienced the privileged nature of the field and continues to be an advocate for marginalized communities. As a Green Pathways fellow, Sharon has taken part in workshops and trainings through exposure to prominent BIPOC leaders within the environmental sector and hopes to take what she has learned back to her hometown.