Shari Cantor has been in public service since 2004 when she first joined the Town Council. She served as Deputy Mayor from 2011 to 2016 and was named Mayor in 2016 when Scott Slifka resigned from the Council.
A native of West Hartford, Cantor has been a volunteer leader with the American Heart Association of Northeastern Connecticut, the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, West Hartford Rotary, Foodshare, the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the West Hartford Art League, and the American School for the Deaf. She has received several honors for her leadership, including being named a Malta Wonder Woman in 2016, a Hartford Magazine Best Community Leader in 2012, and West Hartford Rotarian of the Year for 2011-2012. She has been very active with her alma mater, UConn, and became a Trustee in 2014. She was inducted into the UConn Business Hall of Fame in March 2017.
Cantor attended Hall High School and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Accounting from UConn. After earning her CPA designation, she worked at Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Cigna.
Cantor and her husband, Michael, raised four sons – Josh, Sam, Ben, and Jacob – all of whom attended West Hartford Public Schools.