Dr. Sharmin Dharas is the new executive director of Emerge Arizona. In this role, Dr. Dharas will lead the organization and oversee its strategy and direction. She will also focus on recruitment of women to and implementation of Emerge Arizona’s candidate...Read more
Dr. Sharmin Dharas is the new executive director of Emerge Arizona. In this role, Dr. Dharas will lead the organization and oversee its strategy and direction. She will also focus on recruitment of women to and implementation of Emerge Arizona’s candidate trainings. Dr. Dharas brings years of experience in nonprofit management and advocacy work to Emerge Arizona, which will be an invaluable asset to the organization as it works towards its goal of increasing the number of Democratic women in elected office in the Grand Canyon State. An alumna of Emerge New Mexico, she has also experienced the organization’s signature program firsthand.
The organization already has a proven training program that is responsible for preparing numerous current elected officials across the Grand Canyon State, and I’m excited to contribute to its work. Our mission to inspire and prepare qualified Democratic women for elected office is vital to shared prosperity for Arizona’s families.
Dr. Dharas is a first generation American, the first in her family to attain a college degree and the first Muslim-American executive director of Emerge Arizona. A medical doctor, Dr. Dharas became passionate about healthcare at a young age. Dr. Dharas founded a nonprofit organization, Enhancing Higher Education, which took nursing students from America to her parents’ native country of Tanzania and helped train local first responders and medical staff in basic first aid and CPR. Recognizing dysfunctions and disconnects in the medical world, Dr. Dharas has worked within many health organizations to enable better healthcare access, empower women and create awareness of Muslim-American women in today’s society. Her diverse background has allowed her to recognize key issues that we face today, and hers is a voice for young generations who aspire to the American dream. Dr. Dharas is a graduate of Xavier University with a degree of Doctor of Medicine and is currently studying for her Masters at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.Read Less