Experience and Leadership

Barbara Sharief History

Women of Distinction Award from the March of Dimes for SFPH for Entrepreneurship and Taking Care of Kids

Professional Experience

  • South Florida Pediatric Homecare, Inc., Founder and CEO, 2001-2021 (Adult and Pediatric Home Care)
  • Owner of Dr. Barbara Sharief DNP Inc. a family practice where she practices seeing adults and kids autonomously as a Family Nurse Practitioner


  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Wilkes University, 2017
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Florida International University, 2000
  • Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) Certification, Florida International University, 2000
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Florida International University, 1996
  • Associate of Science Degree (AS), Nursing, Miami-Dade Community College, 1994
  • Jackson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Graduate, 1992
  • North Miami Senior High School, Graduate, 1989

Dr. Barbara Sharief receives her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Barbara is sworn in as a Miramar City Commissioner, 2009

Public Service

  • Broward County Commissioner, 2010-2021; Mayor, 2013 and 2016; Vice Mayor, 2012 and 2015
  • Miramar City Commissioner, 2009-2010; Vice Mayor 2010
  • National Association of Counties (NACo), 2009-2021


    • Large Urban County Caucus, Member, 2010-2021
    • Health Steering Committee, 2017-2020
    • Membership Standing Committee, 2017-2018Medicaid and Indigent Care Subcommittee, Chair, 2016-2017
    • International Economic Development Task Force, 2016-2017
  • Florida Association of Counties (FAC), Member, 2009-2021
    • Executive Committee, President, 2015; President-Elect 2014; 1st Vice President 2014
    • Board of Directors, 2013-2021
    • Enterprise Committee, 2013-2014
    • Finance & Audit Committee, 2014-2017
    • Legislative Executive Committee, 2013-2018; President-Elect 2016
    • Education Committee:
      • ICG Board of Directors, 2019-2021
      • FCF Board of Directors, 2017-2019
      • Torchbearer, 2014-2018
      • Advanced County Commissioner Program (ACC) Alumni
      • Certified County Commissioner Program (CCC) Alumni
    • Policy Committees:
      • Federal Committee, 2017-2021
      • COVID-19 Ad Hoc Committee, 2020-2021
      • Urban Caucus 2018-2019
      • Constitution Revision Steering Committee, 2016-2017; Chair 2016
      • Health & Human Services Committee, 2011-2013; Chair 2012; Vice-Chair, 2011
      • Health Steering Committee, 2017-2020; Vice-Chair 2017-2019; Long Term Care Subcommittee, Vice-Chair, 2019-2020
  • Broward County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Board Member, 2009-2021
  • Value Adjustment Board (VAB) of Broward County, Board Member, 2011-2021; Chair, 2016-2017 and 2019-2021
  • World AIDS Museum Board Member since 2017
  • 16 County Coalition on Water resources 2018 to 2022
  • Opioid Task Force Chair for Broward County 2021 to 2022
  • Florida Association of Counties Executive Board 2015 to 2022

Current and Former Community Services

  • Miramar-Pembroke Pines Chamber of Commerce, Member; Government Affairs Committee, Member
  • Minority Women Business Enterprises
  • Urban League of Broward County
  • Homeless Initiative Partnership, Board Member
  • National Democratic County Officials (NDCO), Member
  • Caribbean American Democratic Club, Member
  • Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), Member
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
  • Fort Lauderdale (FL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated

Inspirations for Youth and Families Teen Rehab Award at the Dolphins game


  • Broward County Trailblazer 
  • Broward County Women’s Hall of Fame
  • Broward Women Making History Award, 2020
  • Florida Association of Counties, Presidential Award, 2018 and 2017
  • United Nations Association of the USA, Global Partnership Award, 2018
  • March of Dimes Woman of Distinction Award, 2017
  • Small County Coalition, Outstanding Leader Award, 2016
  • Davie Community Worship Center, Inc. Distinguished Recognition Award, 2014
  • African American Achievers Business & Entrepreneurism Honoree, 2014
  • Legacy Honors: Most Powerful Black Professionals in Business & Industry, 2014
  • Florida Association of Counties, Presidential Advocacy Award, 2013
  • Broward County Business & Professional Women’s Network Professional Award, 2013
  • Inspirations for Youth and Families Teen Rehab Award, 2013
  • Broward County Historical Society Trailblazer of the Year 2023
  • Broward County Women’s Hall of fame March 31, 2019

Barbara Sharief is sworn in for her second term as Mayor, 2016

Barbara advocates for PILT with the National Association of Counties


  • Native Floridian; Born in Miami Beach
  • Three Children: Amanda, Alyssa, and Hailey
  • 51 years old

Some of Barbara’s accomplishments include:

  • Completion of the Pembroke Road overpass off Miramar Parkway and Pines Boulevard
  • Fought for the I-95 Express Bus from Miramar to Miami
  • Spearheaded the “Broward Means Business” initiative to increase the number of small businesses
  • Spearheaded the free Business Loan Seminar Series to educate potential small business owners about State loan programs that benefit small businesses
  • Secured $3 million in funding for the completion of the Miramar Pineland Nature Park
  • Worked on the E911 dispatch Consolidated Regional System for faster emergency response times
  • Stopped red light camera companies from utilizing county infrastructure to issue tickets to residents
  • Used her healthcare experience to save taxpayers $33 million in unfunded mandates

As County Commissioner, Barbara has focused on numerous issues including: 

  • Reducing homelessness
  • Prevention of foreclosures
  • Small business assistance
  • Neighborhood revitalization
  • Tourism
  • Advocating for affordable healthcare
  • Advocating for clean drinking water
  • Advocating for Veterans

John Lewis' Legacy

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