Sabrena O’Keefe has 10 years of higher education experience. She oversees the center for leadership and service at the Biscayne Bay Campus, which is part of the division of student affairs at Florida International University. Some of Sabrena’s responsibilities include leadership programming like the academy of leaders program, global leadership brigade, LEAD team, programs on demand, student leadership summit, and advanced leadership challenge. She was also a past advisor for alternative breaks and serves on several campus and university wide committees. She is also an adjunct instructor for the first year experience course and an exploring leadership course for public administration. She developed learning outcomes and then an assessment instrument based in the student leadership competency research for her office and is now a member of the FIU Division of Student Affairs' student learning outcome implementation committee, which was tasked to do something similar for the division of student affairs with more emphasis on the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) competencies.
Sabrena received her associate’s degree in computer networking and a bachelor’s degree in human resource management from the Pennsylvania College of Technology. She earned her master’s degree in student affairs and higher education from the University of South Carolina, earned a graduate certificate in conflict resolution and consensus building and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in higher education administration from FIU. She is scheduled to defend her dissertation on March 21, 2018 titled, “The Development and Initial Validation of a Self-Assessment for Global Leadership Competencies.” She is also a certified practitioner of the MBTI Step I & II instruments by the Center for Applications of Psychological Type and Strengths Based Education by Gallup.