He is a retired high school principal who has coached/managed on championship levels in both amateur and professional sports. He has previously written a children?s book and has published in several educational journals. Currently, Sharif is an education consultant and a professor of economics at a university in the city of his birth ? Washington D.C. Through his foundation, Salim and Associates, the author continues his work with inner city youth providing hundreds of jobs and college scholarships to those in need.