In 2011, Sharnae Smith was diagnosed with lupus, a chronic and currently incurable disease that can be debilitating and even deadly.
The diagnosis changed her. But more importantly, it has not held her back. “My illness is a motivator,” Sharnae says. “When I was first diagnosed, I was scared and didn’t know much about the disease. I want to make sure that no one else ever feels the way I felt.”
In 2023, Booz Allen named Sharnae its Volunteer of the Year, recognizing her efforts to bring awareness, financial support, and medical solutions to those in need. Read on for highlights about Sharnae’s service, her life at the firm, and where she gets her inspiration.