Sheena Rena Britton is a 4th generation Sanfordite. She was born in historic downtown Sanford and has lived here for 40 years. Her family has resided in Sanford since the 1800s.
Sheena is married to her supportive husband Morris and mother of 3 beautiful daughters. All 3 of her daughters, Kiya, Haley and Terry have attended Seminole High School, with her oldest currently enrolled at Bethune-Cookman University.
Sheena has served the City of Sanford as an employee since 2010. Her dedication to the Community and Economic Development of the City was evident in her passion to educate the residents of Sanford. Sheena has always been eager to create equal access to all residence, despite their educational or socioeconomic status, and is known to pop up at any event, promoting the Sanford lifestyle for all who follow her.
Sheena was appointed as Commissioner over District 1 in 2020, after Art Woodruff took the vacant seat of Mayor when Jeff Triplett resigned, making her the 1st African American commissioner in District 1 since Sanford was established in 1877. After earning the Commissioner’s seat, Sheena did what she had always encouraged others to do, start a new company! Sheena serves Central Florida by creating special moments and spaces for those who have a desire for something unique and authentic to their personality.
When not busy with her family or serving in her governmental role, Sheena gives back to her community by sitting on the Sanford Museum Board, Seminole County Community Block Grant Advisory Board. She is a member of The NAACP, Sanford Historic Trust Board, Sanford CashMob and participates in the City of Sanford Adopt a Park Program where she and her family clean Red Barber Park. She is also an active member of the Ladies 327 that supports a wide variety of nonprofits inside of Sanford.
Sheena is a major supporter of small business. In 2021 She was named as Black Business Orlando top 21 Influential People. She was also featured in the My Sanford Magazine, The cover of The Bokey Magazine and The Orlando Times.
As Commissioner of District 1 she prides her self with having porch meetings with residents weekly. She has started “FRONT YARD FRIDAYS with Sheena R Britton, City of Sanford – Commissioner District 1.” Rediscovering the social front yard. A way to connect with residents and still socially distance. A little different from monthly community meetings held at a City of Sanford owned facility. FYF is a relaxed setting to speak with your representative and have open conversation with your neighbors about what’s concerning your specific area.
In the summer of 2021 she had a Summer Treat Meet and Greet in the Washington Oaks subdivision of District 1. Residents had the opportunity to meet with her address their concerns and then enjoy free cupcakes.
Sheena truly is Sanford’s biggest fan and is the very definition of the “ live, work, play motto”.
If you ask Commissioner Britton to describe Sanford, She will simply state “It’s my Home, I am proud and in support of it”.