A Daughter of Dayton
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.
Though 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 Standout Student and Accomplished Attorney
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.
A Facilitator of Job Creation and Economic Growth
Throughout her career, Sharen has been proud to work closely with many local companies to help them expand their businesses and create jobs throughout the Miami Valley. As Lieutenant Governor, she’ll use that experience to spearhead innovative public-private partnerships in order to spur job creation and economic growth.
A Strong Advocate for Women’s Health
Sharen served on the Board of Trustees of Planned Parenthood of Miami Valley from 1995-2002. She also serves on the board of Premier Community Health, an organization that provides breast and cervical cancer screenings to underserved women in Dayton. She is a steadfast champion of women’s health and opposes the Governor’s attempt to dictate to women what should be private medical decisions and to restrict access to critical health care services.
A Devoted Servant to Community and Family
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.