Sharen has been proud to work closely with many local companies to help them expand their businesses and create jobs throughout the Miami Valley. She’ll use that experience to spearhead innovative public-private partnerships in order to spur job creation and economic growth. She is a steadfast champion of women’s health, and her work has helped provide breast and cervical cancer screenings to underserved women in Dayton. She believe’s that women’s medical decisions are their own to make, and that they deserve open access to critical health care services.
Sharen Swartz Neuhardt grew up the oldest of four girls in Northwest Dayton. Her father was a Dayton police officer who served as president of the local Fraternal Order of Police. Her mother worked as a sales clerk at Elder Beerman Northwest. Sharen NeuhardtThough her family didn’t have much, they instilled in Sharen the values that guide her to this day. Her father and her grandfather, a firefighter, taught her the importance of service to the community. Her mother, widowed with four children at age 41, taught Sharen the value of optimism and persistence in the face of tough times. Together, both parents instilled in her the value of honesty and hard work.
A product of Dayton public schools, Sharen was a standout student and the first person on either side of her family to attend college. She worked her way through Northwestern University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and earned her law degree from Georgetown University. After law school, Sharen chose to come home to the Miami Valley to start a career in business law with the firm Smith & Schnacke, which later became Thompson Hine. After serving as general counsel at Lexis/Nexis, one of the Dayton area’s largest employers, she returned to Thompson Hine to serve as head of the firm’s corporate group.
Sharen and her husband David have lived on a farm in Greene County since 1994. They are actively involved with the Tecumseh Land Trust, which works with local communities and farmers to preserve our agricultural heritage and to protect family farms and agricultural land from development. Sharen also mentors young women as a member of the Northwestern University Council of 100. Sharen has two adult children, Ann and Rob, from a previous marriage. Together, Sharen and David also have a foster son, Ishema, who came to America as a 15-year-old fleeing the genocide in Rwanda.Get Involved