Cheryl A. Sharp was appointed as the deputy director of the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) on July 4, 2014.
Prior to her appointment, Sharp served as a litigation attorney within the CHRO’s legal department for over 20 years. In that role, she represented the state in the prosecution of complaints of discrimination before the CHRO’s Office of Public Hearings and in state and federal court. She has argued before various Connecticut courts, including appearances before the Connecticut Supreme Court, and has negotiated millions of dollars in settlements between parties.
Sharp is a certified mediator. She represents the CHRO in the Connecticut Safe Schools Coalition and the CT Racial Profiling Working Group. She is a sitting member of the legislative “Fair Housing Choice Impediments to Fair Housing” task force. Sharp is responsible for organizing the CHRO's education and outreach programs and reporting the outreach efforts to a nine-member commission. In addition, she is a trainer for the CHRO’s Business Training Institute.
Sharp authored an article, “Sweet Land of Liberty: The Treatment of Muslims in CT Through the Lens of the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities,” which was published this spring by the University of Connecticut School of Law’s Public Interest Law Journal. She has sat on various panels including: “One Nation Under the Law” at the University of Connecticut School of Law; and the ADA panel and anti-bullying panel at the Civil Rights Conference for the U.S. Department of Justice.
Sharp was recognized by the Connecticut Law Tribune as one of the dozen who made a difference for her work raising public awareness about civil and human rights. Further, she was recognized by the Connecticut Law Tribune as a “Lawyer of Color High Achiever.” She was also named as one of the Connecticut NAACP’s 100 most influential black people in Connecticut. Sharp has developed several programs to increase students’ awareness about civil and human rights laws including the statewide CT Kids' Court Competition and Kid's Speak; and a documentary, Inclusion: Students Looking Beyond the ADA. She was an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University in the Political Science Department for six years.
Sharp received a business degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, attended the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, received her law degree from UConn School of Law, and her bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University.
Her honors include membership in the Phi Delta Phi Honor Society, the Nutmeg Volunteerism Award, The National Sojourner Truth Award for the Advancement of Women, and the HUD’s Best Practices Award for development of Kids’ Court.