Why do you come to work at Root & Rebound every day?   Growing up in India and witnessing how social inequities perpetuate cycles of poverty among marginalized communities, I spent close to 10 years working with and conceptualizing programs to best empower individuals in rural and urban India. Now that I live and have my community in the US I have been reading extensively about the historical perpetuation of racism in the United States, through slavery, Jim Crow laws and thereafter through the war on drugs; the intergenerational impacts of such subjugation, all of which has inclined me to do my bit to improve the lives I have the capacity to. While we cannot undo the mistakes of the past, we definitely can and should influence how we steer our future. It is this belief that has drawn me toward R& R’s mission of paving a path out of the cycle of poverty and incarceration for communities disproportionately impacted by the criminal justice system.

Why do you come to work at Root & Rebound every day?

Growing up in India and witnessing how social inequities perpetuate cycles of poverty among marginalized communities, I spent close to 10 years working with and conceptualizing programs to best empower individuals in rural and urban India. Now that I live and have my community in the US I have been reading extensively about the historical perpetuation of racism in the United States, through slavery, Jim Crow laws and thereafter through the war on drugs; the intergenerational impacts of such subjugation, all of which has inclined me to do my bit to improve the lives I have the capacity to. While we cannot undo the mistakes of the past, we definitely can and should influence how we steer our future. It is this belief that has drawn me toward R& R’s mission of paving a path out of the cycle of poverty and incarceration for communities disproportionately impacted by the criminal justice system.

Sharon D’costa

Development Manager

Sharon is the Development Manager at Root and Rebound. As a trained social worker with a masters in Public Policy, Sharon brings a wealth of knowledge in philanthropy, policy, direct services, and social justice gained from over five years of philanthropic and nonprofit experience in India. 

Sharon previously worked at United Way of Mumbai and the Ram Prasad Goenka (RPG) Foundation- the corporate social responsibility wing of RPG Enterprises, a leading Indian conglomerate focused on combating poverty. Her work in India focused on taking a holistic approach to addressing rural and urban poverty by conceptualizing and directing programs in the areas of education, community health; employment and livelihoods development specifically for youth and women; and sustainable energy. 

Since moving to the United States over the fall of 2017 to complete her Masters degree in Public Policy from Mills College Lorry I. Lokey School of Business, Sharon has actively engaged in the Bay Area community, working with local governments and nonprofits. Her most exciting research work involved co-authoring a Business Conditions Study for the City of Emeryville around fair work practices and minimum wage ordinances, and their impact. Sharon also served as the Development and Strategy Graduate assistant for the Center for Transformative Action (CTA), a Mills College community engagement initiative, that provides entrepreneurship training to previously incarcerated women. Sharon also worked as an Education Pioneer at the San Francisco Unified School District and interned at GreenLight Fund in Oakland.

Sharon holds a Masters in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and graduated from the Lorry I. Lokey School of Business and Public Policy, Mills College, Oakland, CA with a Masters in Public Policy. 

To unwind, Sharon loves trekking the hills of San Francisco, advancing her culinary skills, spending time with her husband and catching up with her family.