Biography of Dr. Barbara M. Sharief, M.S.N., A.P.R.N., D.N.P.

Broward County Commissioner
Commission District 8, located in Southern Broward County

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 the 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 businesswoman. 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 Doctor of Nursing Practice on October 13, 2017.

She has more than 26 years of experience in the specialized field of issues pertaining to medically complex children. Through this invaluable experience, Commissioner Sharief was successful at creating and managing a variety of companies and has a strong success record for making non-profitable businesses profitable.

In 2001, Commissioner Sharief founded South Florida Pediatric Homecare Inc. The company is currently servicing residents of Broward and Miami-Dade Counties providing jobs for approximately 200 professionals in South Florida and has done so by providing an invaluable service. The company is considered one of the top home health care agencies in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties for the care of children and adults with complex medical issues.

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. She has also been a member of the National Association of Counties (NACo) since 2009 and currently serves as Chair of the National Association of Counties’ Subcommittee on Medicaid.

Commissioner Sharief will continue representing her constituents on a state and national level to advocate for economic stability through job creation, small business support, advocating for affordable healthcare, tourism, neighborhood revitalization, education and quality care for the elderly, veterans and children.




  • South Florida Pediatric Homecare, Inc., Founder and CEO, 2001-present (Adult and Pediatric Home Care over 20 years in business)



  • Broward County Commissioner, 2010-present; Vice Mayor, 2012 and 2015; Mayor, 2013 and 2016
  • Miramar City Commissioner, 2009-2010; Vice Mayor 2010
  • National Association of Counties (NACo), 2009-Present
    • Health Steering Committee, 2017-2018; 2018-2019; 2019-2020
    • Large Urban County Caucus, Member, 2010 to Present
    • Membership Standing Committee, 2017-2018
    • Medicaid and Indigent Care Subcommittee, Chair, 2016-2017
    • International Economic Development Task Force, 2016-2017
  • Florida Association of Counties (FAC), 2009-Present
    • FAC Executive Committee: 
      • Past President, 2016-2017
      • President, 2015-2016
      • President Elect, 2014-2015
      • 1st Vice President, 2014
      • Board of Directors, 2013-Current
    • Education: 
      • 2019-20 ICG Board of Directors 
      • 2020-21 ICG Board of Directors
      • Torchbearer 2018 
      • Torchbearer 2017 
      • Torchbearer 2016 
      • Torchbearer 2015
      • Torchbearer 2014 
      • 2018-19 FCF Board of Directors 
      • 2017-18 FCF Board of Directors
      • Advanced County Commissioner Program (ACC) Alumni
      • Certified County Commissioner Program (CCC) Alumni
    • FAC Board of Directors: 
      • 2020-21 FAC Board of Directors
      • 2019-20 FAC Board of Directors
      • 2018-19 FAC Board of Directors
      • 2017-18 FAC Board of Directors
      • 2016-17 FAC Board of Directors PE 
      • 2016-17 FAC Board of Directors 
      • 2015-16 FAC Board of Directors 
      • 2014-15 FAC Board of Directors PE
      • 2014-15 FAC Board of Directors 
      • 2013-14 FAC Board of Directors 
    • FAC Enterprise Committee           
      • 2013-14 
    • FAC Finance & Audit Committee
      • 2016-17 FAC Finance & Audit Committee 
      • 2015-16 FAC Finance & Audit Committee 
      • 2014-15 FAC Finance & Audit Committee 
    • FAC Legislative Executive Committee
      • 2017-18 FAC Legislative Executive Committee
      • 2016-17 FAC Legislative Executive Committee PE 
      • 2016-17 FAC Legislative Executive Committee
      • 2015-16 FAC Legislative Executive Committee
      • 2014-15 FAC Legislative Executive Committee 
      • 2013-14 FAC Legislative Executive Committee
    • FAC Policy Committee
      • 2020-21 COVID-19 Ad Hoc Committee 
      • 2020-21 Federal Committee
      • 2019-20 Federal Committee
      • 2018-19 Federal Committee
      • 2018-19 Urban Caucus
      • 2017-18 Federal Committee
      • 2016-17 Constitution Revision Steering Committee
      • 2012-13 Health & Human Services
      • 2011-12 Health & Human Services
    • Chair
      • 2016-17 Constitution Revision Steering Committee
      • 2012-13 Health & Human Services
    • Subcommittee Vice Chair – Long Team Care
      • 2019-20 Health Steering Committee
    • Vice Chair
      • 2011-12 Health & Human Services
      • 2018-19 Health Steering Committee
      • 2017-18 Health Steering Committee
  • Broward County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Board Member, 2009 to Present
  • Value Adjustment Board (VAB) of Broward County, Board Member, 2011 to present
    • Chair, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021



  • 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



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


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


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


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