Jennifer LaRose Sharp is a 9-year communications professional from Memphis, TN who always strives to positively impact the city. As an honors graduate and 2009 valedictorian of George Washington Carver High School and 2013 graduate of Christian Brothers University, Jennifer describes herself as a “proud Memphian” because of her love for the city in which she was born and raised and her support of the city’s organizations, initiatives, and people.
With her passion for helping others and love for her work in communications, Jennifer currently serves as the Strategic Communications Specialist for Shelby County Government in the Mayor's Office of Innovation and Performance Analysis. She previously served as a Policy and Communications Fellow for the Shelby County Mayor’s Office and as a Public Information Specialist for the Shelby County Health Department in the COVID-19 Response Unit. Jennifer is also the owner and Chief Communications Strategist for Sharp Lifestyle Communications where she develops and implements communications strategies for nonprofit organizations and small businesses. She recently received her Master of Arts degree in Journalism and Strategic Media from the University of Memphis.
Jennifer’s work in the communications profession has earned her several awards including 2015, 2016, and 2017 VOX awards from the Memphis chapter of Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). In 2017, she was named the 2017 recipient of the Rising Star award by PRSA. In 2021, she was named Member of the Year by PRSA.
When she is not being a communications professional, Jennifer writes for various publications, including The New Tri-State Defender and Memphis Small Business Quarterly. She was also one of the 2018 Legends Award Writers for the Women’s Foundation of Greater Memphis’ Legends Awards, where they honor women who have made a significant impact in the Memphis community.
Despite her busy schedule, Jennifer continues to be active in her community. She is an active member of the Junior League of Memphis, ColorComm, Toastmasters, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated – Alpha Eta Zeta chapter.
Currently, Jennifer serves as the Immediate Past President of the Memphis chapter of PRSA. As a communications professional, writer, and community leader, Jennifer continues to be a change agent in her community.