Meet Miranda Sheffield
Pomona's Very Own
Much of my life was spent growing up in the foster care system. By age 15, I had “bounced,” relocating to 10 different foster homes. Pomona will always be where I found peace and stability for the first time.
Growing up in Pomona, I witnessed the benefits of living in a working class community, like how multicultural connections strengthen our collective social bonds. After graduating from Pomona High School, I attended Mt. San Antonio College and transferred to Cal State LA, all while raising my daughter and working full time.
Growing Connections To Success
Early in my career, I took responsibility for statewide implementation of Assembly Bill 12: “Fostering Connections To Success” (AB-12) with Children's Law Center of California. AB-12 helps those with a foster care experience access transitional services beyond 18. My team created and facilitated dozens of technical trainings for attorneys, judges, and direct service providers across our great state.
Advocating and working with young people impacted by the foster care system led me to analyze the systemic challenges youth seemed destined to face. This inspired me to earn my MA from SOAS University of London in Human Rights Law before returning to Pomona committed to giving back to the community that gave me a help and hope when I needed it the most.