Sharon Hanek grew up on U.S. military bases in Japan. Her family
moved to Washington State where she graduated from the University
of Washington with a B.A. in Business Administration and Accounting.
University life included being President of an international business
students organization and traveling to Europe representing the U.S.
She went on to get her Certified Public Accountant license in 1980.
After acquiring several years of experience in accounting, auditing,
tax, and finance she established her own private practice CPA firm until 1998.
As time passed Sharon learned firsthand how the dynamics of family life can alter career decisions. With three small children and her own mother needing critical care she chose to cut back on her plans to expand her practice in order to focus on her family. She scaled down her CPA practice and became a tax and financial advisory service for small businesses and individuals.
Over the years Sharon has been actively involved in many organizations. In her early years she was active in professional business organizations and as her family grew she devoted her time to activities related to children. Her inolvement in researching and participating in schools led her to her current passion in the political arena.
Sharon has spent the past decade researching and analyzing bills, working with legislators, and testifying on issues related to budget, taxes, transportation and education. Recently she combined her interest in politics, financial background, and research skills to form a public policy research company. Her focus is to reach out to citizens across Washington State and help them become politically active citizens.
Sharon has extensive volunteer experience and understands that the "behind the scenes" volunteer is the backbone of a community. Many of the events taken for granted could not be done without people quietly stepping up to the plate and making the difference. Listed below are some of her past and present affiliations and volunteer positions. She has been elected to the Treasurer's position in many of these organizations.
In 2012 Sharon became the first candidate in Washington history to get her name on the ballot for the general election by winning a Statewide primary election through the "write-in" process. Sharon began her two month campaign but was unable to gather enough votes to win in the November general election. She went on to win a seat on the 2016 Charter Review Commission where her peers voted her as their Chair.
COMMUNITY / PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES (Past & Present)
AICPA, WSCPA, ASWA - past professional organizations
Small BUsiness Administration & Children's Hospital - Speakers Bureau
Kent Youth and Family Services - Board of Directors
Kent school District - Strategic Planning and Finance committees; PTA and LIT team committees
White River School District - PTA
White River School District - High School Assessment Committee
Connells Prairie Community Council - Board of Directors
Buena Vista - Director parent teacher organization
Buena Vista - Board of Directors / Vice President of Finance
Auburn Academy Parent Council - Founder and Director
Chinook Little League - Board of Directors
Pierce County Citizens Alliance for Property Rights - Officer
Pierce County Republican Party - Officer
Washington Federation of Republican Women - Officer
Developed and taught a Middle School Financial Literacy program
NW Education Resource Network - Founder and Director
PIERCE COUNTY GOVERNMENT ACTIVITIES
Planning Commissioner District 1
Chair of the 2016 Pierce County Charter Review Commission
Birth to 25 Committee Member District 1