Sheena Barnes

Toledo Public Schools Board of Education


Sheena will be one of just two openly LGBTQ parents to serve on an Ohio school board


Sheena is a committed advocate, mother, and community member. Sheena is a Community Health Worker for Lucas County, working with youth to serve as a bridge between the community and the healthcare, government, and social service systems. Sheena has experience with public policy and youth crisis intervention advocacy.

Sheena moved to Toledo from Flint, Michigan about 10 years ago and made Toledo a home for herself, and her three children. Sheena quickly became involved in the community here, she is a board member for Advocates For Basic Legal Equality (ABLE), a Coordinator For The Equality Toledo Food Pantry, and a Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO) trainer. All three of Sheena’s children attend Toledo Public schools and her daughter is a recent graduate of Bowsher High School.

  • Sheena will be the only openly LGBTQ person of color on the Toledo Public Schools Board
  • Sheena will be one of just two openly LGBTQ parents to serve on a school board in the state of Ohio

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