Alicia Sharma is an immigrant woman of color who grew up in a household where her parents struggled financially. She knows the value of hard work and giving back.
Alicia lived in Canada with her family for around ten years before relocating to the United States, but Guyana is where it all started. She grew up on one of the numerous islands without power, public transit, television, cell phones, adequate roads, and the basic infrastructure. Alicia used to walk miles to school every day as a child. Her father works as a security guard and while her mother alternates between being a maid and a laborer. When things got really bad financially, Alicia and her siblings would walk around the neighborhood selling produce from their kitchen garden after school.
Alicia knows what poverty looks like. She knows what poverty feels like. But she never let it stop her.
Alicia would go on to receive a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Liberty University and an MBA from the University of Scranton. During her thirty-year career, she has worked in finance, manufacturing, distribution, insurance, real estate, pharmaceuticals, and education. Currently, the Assistant Controller for The Pingry School, her background includes everything from basic accounting to financial statement preparation, budgeting and forecasting, and financial analysis. Her motto, “Work Smarter, Not Harder,” has guided her throughout her career in identifying efficiencies in task completion. This translates into cost savings and improved policies.
Drawing on her professional experience in finance and business, Alicia hopes to strengthen Morris County’s economy by providing all residents with access to high-quality schools, well-paying employment, and safe and thriving neighborhoods.
Knowing that there are people right here in Morris County who are struggling to feed their families and keep the lights on is yet another reason why Alicia is running for County Commissioner. She believes that we all have a moral responsibility to do more to help those with the least amongst us. She is passionate about helping people overcome the obstacles that life throws at them, using many of the same strategies that helped her get to where she is today.
The role of County Commissioner is one of policymaking, so Alicia’s experience working with businesses has equipped her with the skills needed to craft policies that are equitable and just for all residents. She believes that no one should face discrimination in the workplace or in public because of their race, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or any other factor. She will confront Morris County’s disparities head on and work collaboratively to ensure that diversity is celebrated and that everyone is valued.
Following a run for Township Council in 2021, Alicia remains active in her community as a trustee on the Library Board, where she also serves on the Budget and Finance Committee, the Building and Grounds Committee, and the Nominating Committee. She also serves as an advisor on the Recreation Advisory Committee and on the board of her Homeowners Association.
Alicia has been married to Edmund Khanoo, the CFO for Norwescap, for 21 years. Together they have six children, one boy and five girls. They currently reside in the Woodfield community.