Woodland Hills, California
Sharon Brent has more than 40 years of experience as an accomplished public speaker, curriculum developer and trainer, in both state and federal systems. Ms. Brent has served in an adjunct position at San Diego State University and the University of Iowa where she provided education and training in the departments of Vocational Rehabilitation, Special Education and Psychology. She also served on state education school district accreditation review boards and group home quality care reviews for continued licensing and certification.
In 2005, Ms. Brent became one of the founding members of the National Disability Institute. She is a national expert on multiple federal policy issues related to the employment and self-determination that improves economic status of youth and adult individuals with disabilities. Ms. Brent was a National Disability Institute staff member from 2005 to 2012. She continues today as an active Board of Directors member.
Ms. Brent’s son, Andrew, who had cerebral palsy, passed away in 2017. Because of her experience as a parent of a son with cerebral palsy, she has the ability to apply personal, as well as professional knowledge, that provides credibility and technical information to a full range of stakeholders. Ms. Brent is clear that knowledge is power, and all stakeholders need the same information to create an equal partnership that will advance economic empowerment for people with disabilities.