County Commissioner Barbara Sharief recognized as an Inspiring Black Women in Florida Politics by Ruth's List Broward County during Black History Month


Broward County Commissioner Dr. Barbara Sharief  was born in South Florida, raised in Broward County and is a long time resident of District 8. In her personal life, Barbara is a mother of three children Amanda, Alyssa and Hailey, and an active volunteer in Broward County schools. Commissioner Sharief comes from a family of 10. Her father was a self-employed clothing salesman and her mother assisted her father in the financial workings of his company. Both of her parents have given her strong values, morals and ethical beliefs.

Professionally, Commissioner Sharief is an accomplished, self-made business woman. Her career began after she graduated from North Miami Senior High School and enrolled at Miami Dade Community College. She later graduated from Jackson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and obtained an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing from Miami Dade Community College. She continued her educational pursuits and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Degree from Florida International University. Commissioner Sharief is one of the youngest people to have passed the RN board exam in the State of Florida. Commissioner Sharief received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice on October 13, 2017. As a business owner and active parent, her commitment to her community led her to public service. Commissioner Sharief was Commissioner and Vice-Mayor for the City of Miramar from 2009 to 2010. In 2010, she was elected to the Broward County Commission, District 8 which serves the culturally diverse population of Hallandale Beach, Miramar, Pembroke Park, Pembroke Pines, and West Park.

In 2013, Commissioner Sharief was selected as the first African-American Mayor of Broward County and in 2016, was selected once again as Broward County’s Mayor. During her tenure, she has advocated for affordable healthcare, mortgage and foreclosure relief, solutions for homelessness, and for entrepreneurial/small business assistance and mentoring programs. Commissioner Sharief has been a member of the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) since 2009 and in 2015 was elected President.