About Tosh

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Tosh Sharp is a product of the power of organized labor and the opportunities that being in a union provides.

Born in Honolulu, Hawai’i to an African American father and an Asian/Pacific Islander mother, Tosh grew up with a great appreciation of all cultures that only comes from living in large melting pots like Hawai’i. Like many families, Tosh’s moved repeatedly as his father searched for work that would support a family. It is not an exaggeration to say that Tosh moved 19 times before he was old enough to move out on his own.

Settling in Washington, Tosh graduated from Decatur High School in Federal Way. He went on to earn an Associate of Applied Science from Green River Community College before going on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from Central Washington University. He earned both degrees while working is first job at UPS, first as a loader and then as a Sorter.

Tosh learned that he could provide the kind of stable life that his father could not by joining a union. While still at UPS, he joined Teamsters local 174. Moving on to work for Seattle City Light, Tosh ended up joining PTE 17 and IBEW 77.

Tosh currently lives in Tukwila with his partner, Jennifer, herself a member of her local Carpenters union and their new son, Sugar.


A dedicated member of the community of Tukwila, Tosh has volunteered for the following noble causes:

  • Tukwila Pantry

  • Tukwila’s Community Oriented Policing Citizen's Advisory Board

  • HOA board of Colony Square

  • HOA board of Sunrise Terrace

 
I am inspired to act when I see something that needs to be done, a problem that needs to be solved, but I don’t see anyone stepping up to resolve the issue. I know that I will be the first in line to make a difference, even if I have to go out on a line, on my own.
— Tosh Sharp