Ms. Ude has dedicated her career to service, primarily through racial equity and community change. When the stakes are high and challenges are daunting, she places equity and the most vulnerable among us at the center of the solution. Ms. Ude’s five years in Atlanta have included bold leadership in many “firsts”, including a youth crime reduction and workforce strategy, which provided summer jobs and camps to youth and young adults of color and eliminated arrests. Currently, Ms. Ude leads a landmark “first” for the City, the Reimagining ACDC (Atlanta City Detention Center) project on behalf of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s office, a multi-year project that envisions transforming the City’s detention center into a state-of-the-art Center of Equity. In a strategic role created for her, Sheryl manages more than 50 staff and volunteer civic leaders as part of this work and has led a 14-month community visioning process.
Before moving to Atlanta to join the Mayor’s Office in 2015, Ms. Ude served the government of San Francisco using big data and community stories to solve complex social and policy challenges. She has a degree in Political Science from University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Social Work and Community and Social Systems from the University of Michigan. She serves on the Board of Directors of Georgia Works! and volunteers with the Atlanta Police Foundation Youth Council and the Special Needs ministry at her church. Ms. Ude was recently selected as one of ten honorees for the Outstanding Atlanta class of 2020. Above all else, her favorite role is as a wife and mother to her three bright, loving children.