Sharon L Roden was born in Paso Robles on November 22, 1955. She traces her roots back to the 5th generation in San Luis Obispo county through her maternal grandfather, Ernest Still, and the 6th generation through her maternal grandmother, Eleanor Twisselman. Sharon's father, Bill Roden, originally hails from Arkansas and moved with his family to Yuba City in 1947. Her mother, Doreen Still, crossed paths with her father in Santa Barbara, where she was attending Santa Barbara State. They tied the knot just three months later in August 1951 and relished 62 years of a blissful marriage. Sharon came into the world after her older brother William (Bill) in 1953.
In 1961, the family relocated to Mississippi but returned to their Californian roots merely three days following Sharon's high school graduation in 1973.
Sharon embarked on her academic journey at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1973, culminating in her graduation in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Management. Over the course of a decade, she took breaks to contribute to the family farm in the Cholame area. Following her graduation, her family planted a pistachio orchard on their property, which has been her primary occupation for the past 40 years, including a 35-year tenure as the manager of the family farm.
As her property falls within a State Water District, she has acquired extensive knowledge and experience in water-related issues throughout the State. Her engagement in the pistachio business eventually led her to join the American Pistachio Growers (APG) Board in 2015. APG represents a network of over 800 growers spanning California, Arizona, and New Mexico. She served on the board until 2021, including a two-year tenure as the Chair of APG. During her time in this role, she held meetings with Congressional representatives and the Under Secretary of Agriculture in Washington DC to discuss matters crucial to the pistachio industry. Additionally, in 2017, she provided testimony before the International Trade Commission advocating for the continuation of import tariffs on Iranian pistachios.
Twenty-five years ago, Sharon met her now-wife, Dana, and the two of them tied the knot in 2014. They share a mutual love for travel and cherish spending time with their family and friends. Nonetheless, the highlight of any excursion is always the return to Paso Robles, which Sharon regards as the most beautiful place on earth. They devote their time to their cherished nieces and nephews, engaging in exciting adventures with their beloved aunties.
In recent years, Sharon has gradually withdrawn from the day-to-day operations of managing the family farm, intending to provide her nephew, Mathew, and niece, Christina, with an opportunity to gain valuable experience in running the farm while she remains available for consultation and guidance.
This step back has freed up time for other pursuits. With the unwavering support of Dana, Sharon applied for and was appointed to the District 1 seat for City Council on October 3, 2023, following the vacancy created by the appointment of John Hamon as mayor. She looks ahead to the forthcoming challenges with enthusiasm and takes immense pride in serving the community where she was born, resides, and conducts her business.