Sharon Blau Hartley HealthCare Ombudsman/Mediator, Kaiser Permanente

Originally from Los Angeles, Sharon moved north to attend the University of California at Berkeley where she graduated with honors in Political Science. Following a stint on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. working for an international human rights organization, Sharon returned to Northern California for law school.

Sharon practiced employment law as a litigator at a San Francisco law firm. She then worked at the Alameda Superior Court and in the Office of the Attorney General as a Deputy Attorney General. Sharon has been at Kaiser Permanente for 18 years. In her current role, Sharon facilitates and mediates between patients, families and health care providers to aid in communication, help re-establish trust and bring about emotional healing as a healthcare ombudsman mediator.

When not at work, Sharon enjoys adventures in parenting and travelling with Scott, her attorney husband. Their daughters, Ariella (16) and Elana (11), love playing competitive soccer and hiking with their two black Labrador mixes (3 years and 5 months).

Sharon and Scott share a passion for community involvement. Sharon has served on the Board of Trustees for the Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School and Peninsula Temple Beth El. Sharon’s committee work centered on governance, Head support and evaluation and Executive Director searches. Sharon and Scott chaired the most successful gala after opening the new Peninsula Jewish Community Center. Sharon has worked with community organizations focused on mentorship, children with special needs, teen involvement, advocacy, and literacy programs for the underserved among others.

As a recent graduate of the San Mateo Leadership Program, Sharon is excited to join the PFS Board and help with issues related to financial empowerment, underprivileged children, and seniors in our local community.