Sharlene Green

Columbia University Policy Fellow

Sharlene Green is a Graduate Policy Fellow with the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice, from Columbia University School of Social Work.

With a goal-oriented effort to assist communities of color, she is earning her MSW to learn clinical methods such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Advanced Motivational Interviewing that will directly help individuals coping with trauma and mental illness. As a Policy focused social work student, her mastery of Economics, op-ed writing and quantitative research will help advance policies that promote economic equality.

Currently the co-chair of the Columbia Substance Abuse and Opioid Addiction Caucus at Columbia University, Sharlene is passionate about harm reduction and alternatives to incarceration that resolve rather than penalize the core conflicts resulting to substance abuse.

In 2013, she won the New York State Bar Association Moot Court competition, thereafter she served as an advocate in New York City Courts. As a Guardian ad Litem, she assisted elderly and mentally ill tenants facing housing court evictions. As a Paralegal for United Guardianship services, she advocated for NYS wards in Supreme Court. Prior to attending Graduate school she worked for CASES, Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services in Manhattan Criminal Court by assisting defendants at arraignments.

Sharlene earned her Bachelor's degree from the University at Buffalo Honors College. While studying Political Science and African-American Studies she was also a passionate activist, community organizer and was later elected as a Committee Member in Buffalo,  New York. In 2010, she and her colleagues co-founded the political organization, Fight the Power, to address Buffalo City police brutality and equip inner city African-American youth with political advocacy skills. Additionally, she interned with the Anti-Defamation League, the NYS Legislative Assembly and the University at Buffalo’s Center for Gender Equality Education.

Alongside social work policy, Sharlene is a devoted member at her church, Thessalonia Worship Center, the Black Student Caucus, and the Policy Caucus at Columbia University. Her ultimate goals are to help promote criminal justice reform via social justice policy and to help low-income defendants facing incarceration via criminal trial litigation.