Michael Sharkey

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Challenger

Background

Michael Sharkey received his B.S. in mathematics from Lafayette College and obtained his M.B.A. from the University of Arizona Eller College of Management [1, 2, 6]. He is an entrepreneur who works in the higher education and technology fields. Sharkey currently serves as the Executive Director of Data & Analysis at Arizona State University [1, 2, 4, 6]. He previously served as the president and founder Data & Graphs, a higher education data and analytics consultancy [1, 2, 6]. In the past, Sharkey has held several roles in the aforementioned industries, such as the Vice President of Analytics for Blackboard, the President and founder of Blue Canary Data, and the Director of Instructional Technology/Academic Analytics for the Apollo Group [2, 6].
Sharkey serves as a mentor for the Chaparral High School FIRST Lego League and Robotics Competition Team [1, 2, 6]. Additionally, he served on the board of his synagogue, Congregation Or Tzion, for five years [1]. Sharkey was briefly a Chair of the Caliper Product Steering Committee affiliated with the IMS Global Learning Consortium [2, 6].

Key Issues

Communication

Sharkey wants to engage with stakeholders on the grounds of respect, honesty, and transparency to make fact-based decisions centered on what is best for SUSD students [1].

Parental Involvement

Sharkey wants to preserve the right to vote for community members on important funding measures [1].

Teachers

Sharkey wants to work collaboratively with SUSD staff and support experienced professionals through direct funding to the classrooms where students benefit most [1].

Endorsements

No endorsements could be found.

Sources

1 Sharkey 4 SUSD
2 LinkedIn
3 Scottsdale Progress
4 Arizona State University Profiles
5 Twitter
6 Data & Graphs