(Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief, originally from the Miami area, has always had a passion for assisting others in terms of inclusion within diversity. Her passion for the project involving rights for the people of Florida inspired her to pursue a Doctorate of Nurse Practice (DNP), a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN), and an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP). After Sharief completed her educational journey she began to create her own company, South Florida Pediatric Homecare Inc., which provides service to children in South Florida who are in need of homecare due to a variety of health circumstances. The forming of this company captured the essence of her passion to work with and for children in need and helped propel Ms. Sharief into a political juggernaut in South Florida.
A Political Formation in South Florida
Following the transition of becoming a mother, Barbara Sharief gained an immense perspective on caring for others as well as implementing more efficient rights for children throughout Broward County. This passion and drive to improve the lives of many within Broward County inspired Barbara to serve on the Miramar City Commission, and shortly, after elected to the Broward County Commission District seat, serving various districts within the county. This commitment allowed for other opportunities to present themselves, such as serving as Vice-Mayor of the county twice and then serving as Mayor twice as well. Sharief’s leadership assets continued as she served as President for the Florida Association of Counties and is now the Chair of National Association of Counties’ Subcommittee on Medicaid and Indigent Care.
A Unique Social Media Presence
Barbara Sharief is an extremely hands-on member of the community as she is constantly encouraging others to get involved in pursuing leadership roles in Broward County as well as other locations in Florida. She does so through her social media platform as well as through her regular visits and appearances at charity events, cultural locations and local businesses.
Throughout this platform, Barbara successfully shares and creates posts that inform the general public in understanding what is occurring within the county. One could also find Barbara Sharief on Instagram with the username, @barbarasharief which allows her followers to keep up with her on a daily basis as she is constantly creating change within the community. As Barbara Sharief conveys information to audiences on various platforms, she is sure to do so in a creative manner.
On Pinterest, Sharief could be with found using her full name as she creates boards based on aspects of life that inspire her. Some of her boards include Black History Month Inspirations, Brilliant Female Singers, Broward County locations and traveling ideas as well as other ideas that inspire her on a daily basis. These social networks encourage the involvement of others while still being effective for Barbara Sharief’s following to gain a sense of the person who she is as well as what she wants to accomplish for Broward County.
Through the values Sharief shares and reflects on the community such as transparency, commitment, and experience, one is able to view those qualities on all of her platforms due to her ability to clearly communicate with those around her.
The Importance of Family
Ms. Sharief is also a proud mom of five children and a member of a family of ten. Ms. Sharief understands the nuances and challenges of raising a family in today’s fast-paced social and economic lifestyles. In her outings across Broward County the Commissioner routinely brings along her daughters to her public appearances, making the personal truly political!