Sharlaine is a tribal community leader, nonprofit and economic development expert running for State House in the 42nd Legislative District. She is currently the Lummi Nation Service Organization Ventures Executive Director, where she promotes prosperity through philanthropy, job creation, entrepreneurship, community partnerships, and a small business incubator. She previously worked in the office of the Vice-Chairman of the Lummi Nation. She currently serves as the Lummi Planning Commissioner Treasurer Secretary, Lummi Budget Committee and has experience on the Lummi CEDAR Project Board, NWIC Student Leadership, member Autumn Rose Canoe Club, Annual Lummi Stommish Water Festival Committee, Salmon Ceremony Committee, Ventures Financial Management Team.
Sharlaine grew up in Everson and attended Nooksack Valley schools. She currently lives in Bellingham with her son. Sharlaine attended Northwest Indian College and received her Master’s in Public Administration at The Evergreen State College.