Born in Puerto Rico and raised in The Bronx, Sharitza received her J.D. from Ave Maria School of Law where she was the recipient of the 2015-2016 Community Service Scholarship. During law school, she served as the president of the Latino/a Law Student Association and vice-president of the Immigration Law Society. She also served as a clinical student in the Asylum and Immigration Rights Clinic and the Human Trafficking Clinic. Sharitza interned with the New York State Attorney General’s Office and was a certified legal intern at the Public Defender’s Office 20th Judicial Circuit of Florida. She was also a judicial intern for the Honorable Guy H. Mitchell in New York City Criminal Court. Sharitza received a B.A. from City College (CUNY) and a Master in Political Science with a concentration in Urban Policy and Administration from Brooklyn College (CUNY). She is a native Spanish speaker.