Team Member – Sharpel Welch

Director of Renewal Team & Friendship House Trainer

Sharpel Welch, an Army veteran and educator, was named Director of the Renewal Team in August 2021.

She previously served as a youth community coordinator at the Friendship House in the Allendale and Highland neighborhoods. By building trust and relationships in the community, she has helped establish partnerships that have become a foundation for neighborhood growth. Welch has also served as a mentor and role model for many girls and young women in the community and has made an immediate impact on youth education levels.

Welch was named a 2019 Civil Society Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and her work has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, the national broadcast Dr. Drew radio program and in Philanthropy Magazine, City Journal, the Shreveport Times, and on

She is currently a member of the American Enterprise Institute’s Leadership Network.  She received her BSBA and MBA in Human Resources Management from Colorado Technical University. She completed her coursework for her Doctorate of Education in Leadership from Grand Canyon University and will complete her dissertation process in the near future.

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