Sharif is the Principal at Mastery Charter School-Shoemaker Campus, which has been recognized by President Obama for collaborating with the community to successfully turnaround a persistently failing school. Sharif served as one of U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan’s Principal Ambassadors. He serves on the Mayor’s Commission on African American Males and was a member of US delegations to the International Summit on Teaching and Learning and the Conference on Integrating Refugees and Immigrants into Schools. Sharif launched The Fellowship, which supports Black male educators in the region. He serves on several boards, including Outward Bound and Beyond the Bars Music.