A Proven Community Leader, Not a Politician.
Sherry is an environmental scientist, small business owner, and mom. She has been an agent for social change her entire adult life, initially as an advocate for racial justice and environmental issues during her college years then later widening her scope to include women’s rights and class disparities. She is a commissioner with the Hawai‘i Commission on the Status of Women and the former Hawai‘i State Chair of the Women’s March on Washington.
Sherry was one of the original national organizers of Women’s March who rallied over 15,000 people on O‘ahu; 5,000 on Maui; 3,000 on Kauai; 7,000 on Hawaii Island. This was the largest recorded public demonstration in the history of the state both collectively as a state and in each district.
As the state chair, Sherry organized a focused team of 200 volunteers that she lead in organizing the statewide rallies and marches. She also brought 200 Hawai‘i advocates and allies to Washington D.C. to participate in the estimated 2 million-person march to the Capitol.
Commissioner on the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women
Sherry currently sits as a Commissioner on the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women (HSCSW). This State commission works toward equality for women and girls in the State by acting as a catalyst for positive change through advocacy, education, collaboration and program development.
Foster Care Reformer
Sherry has been a foster care system reform advocate for over a decade and recently, as the named plaintiff on a State class-action lawsuit, won a landmark court decision awarding foster families $84million in care payments. Care payments in Hawaii for foster care families had not been matched for inflation or the cost of living in 24 years. Without such an increase, the retention of quality foster care families for foster children in need remained unnecessarily encumbered.
Through Olomea, the nonprofit Sherry founded, she succeeded in legislatively increasing the cutoff age for foster children receiving care from 18 to 21.
Sherry Alu Campagna co-founded and operated an environmental planning, permitting, and renewable energy firm with offices in Honolulu and Hilo. She’s a wetland scientist, biologist, and ecologist with experience in Hawai‘i, the continental U.S. and the western Pacific with regard to superfund clean up, master planning, and transportation. Her diverse career history includes permitting, public affairs, brownfields, shorelines, solid waste, wildlife, remediation, renewable energy and storm water management projects.
Sherry also worked in the Department of Environment for the City of Chicago under Mayor Richard Daly. As the Department's project manager, she handled brownfield remediation, landfill closures, Superfund site management, shoreline stabilization, and Chicago's beach water safety program. Sherry was also subject matter expert for the Calumet ecotoxicology protocol.
Sherry was directly responsible for improving the safety of roadways and hikes in CD2 by helping in the construction of highway safety improvements on Oahu and Maui. She also helped with the construction of Rockfall Mitigations which reduce the danger of falling rocks near roadways and residential areas.