Sharif is a San Francisco born, Bay Area-raised Palestinian. He is currently earning his MA in the college of Ethnic Studies at SFSU. For the last 3 years, he has been holding workshops and working with youth in different high schools and community events. He is the youth facilitator of Arab Youth Organizing (AYO), the youth branch of AROC. He is committed to teaching local Arab youth how to use creativity to address state violence abroad and within the Bay Area.