Sharon is a founder and the executive director of the Shared-Use Mobility Center, a public-interest organization working to foster collaboration in shared mobility and help connect the growing industry with transit agencies, cities and communities across the nation. As executive director, Sharon oversees SUMC’s work to pilot programs, conduct research and provide advice and expertise to cities and regions in order to help extend the benefits of shared mobility for all.
Sharon was previously the CEO of IGO Carsharing, the nonprofit organization that started carsharing in the Chicago region. Sharon was CEO from March 2004 until she and parent organization, Center for Neighborhood Technology, sold IGO in May 2013.
Under Sharon’s leadership, IGO grew from a small pilot project into a successful operating company with 15,000 members in 45 neighborhoods. Sharon worked with the Chicago Transit Authority to create the only combined car-share/transit fare card in North America, which continues to serve as a model for the possibilities between shared-use companies and public transit. She led IGO’s expansion into underserved communities and also developed solar canopies and charging stations that helped introduce renewable charging and mobility hubs to the region.
Prior to taking the helm at IGO, Sharon was the Director of Research & Development at the Center for Neighborhood Technology for more than a decade. She was the Principal Investigator for Combating Global Warming Through Sustainable Surface Transportation and was the lead author of TCRP Report 93: Travel Matters: Mitigating Climate Change with Sustainable Surface Transportation. Before that, Sharon coordinated CNT’s Transit-Oriented Development Program and was one of the authors of The New Transit Town.
Sharon was a founder of the national Carsharing Association and has served as Co-Chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Shared Vehicle Committee, as well as on numerous other boards and commissions. She holds an MBA from DePaul University and a BA in Economics from Antioch College.