Shari Cantor is the Mayor of West Hartford. She joined the Town Council in 2004 and served as Deputy Mayor from 2011 to 2016. A registered CPA, her previous work experience includes public accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Cigna.
A native of West Hartford and active community leader, Shari has served as a Trustee of her alma mater, University of Connecticut, since 2013. She currently chairs the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) Foundation Board of Directors, serves as the Governor’s Appointee to the Board of Directors of the American School for the Deaf, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Hartford Stage and the West Hartford Art League. She also serves on the Advisory Boards of the Boys and Girls Club of Hartford and Playhouse on Park, among others.
Shari received the Hartford Business Journal’s “Women in Business” Award in March 2021 and was inducted into the University of Connecticut School of Business Hall of Fame in March 2017. She was recognized as a “Wonder Woman” by the Malta House of Care Clinic in 2016, a “Best Community Leader” by Hartford Magazine in 2012, and as West Hartford Rotarian of the Year for 2011-2012.
Shari has been married to her husband Michael for over 35 years, and together were named as one of the Top 50 “Power Couples” by the Hartford Business Journal in February 2021. They are the proud parents of four sons, all of whom are graduates of West Hartford Public Schools, and one daughter-in-law: Josh and Theresa, Sam, Ben and Jacob.