About this Speaker
Sharon is the founder and executive director of the Shared-Use Mobility Center, a nonprofit, public interest organization that works to address the environmental impact, accessibility, and cost of transportation by connecting the public and private sectors, building knowledge, and developing solutions that achieve shared mobility for all.
As executive director, Sharon heads SUMC’s work as Co-Administrator of the California Air Resources Board’s Clean Mobility Options program, which directs $17 million to shared and electric pilot projects in low-income communities around the state.
She leads the Mobility on Demand (MOD) Sandbox Innovation and Knowledge Accelerator and On-Ramp Programs in partnership with the Federal Transit Administration, programs that assist cities and transit agencies in planning and implementing MOD projects, as well as oversees the Twin Cities Shared Mobility Collaborative.
Sharon was Principal Investigator for a series of groundbreaking reports for the Transit Cooperative Research Program including Report 188, Shared Mobility and the Transformation of Public Transit and its companion Report 195, Broadening Understanding of the Interplay Among Public Transit, Shared Mobility and Personal Automobiles, and Report 196, Private Transit: Existing Services and Emerging Directions.
She currently serves on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Working Group on Autonomous Vehicles and was previously appointed to both Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Transportation and Infrastructure Transition Committee and Mayor Emanuel’s New Transportation and Mobility Task Force.
Prior to her tenure at SUMC, Sharon was the CEO of IGO Carsharing, the nonprofit organization that started carsharing in the Chicago region. 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 first combined carshare/transit fare card in North America, which continues to serve as a model for the partnership 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.
Before taking the helm at IGO, Sharon was the Director of Research and Development at the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) for more than a decade, where she was lead author for TCRP Report 93, Travel Matters: Mitigating Climate Change with Sustainable Surface Transportation. Sharon also 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-Use Vehicle Public Transport Systems Subcommittee and as a member of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED-ND Committee, which created LEED standards for neighborhood developments. She holds an MBA from DePaul University and a BA in Economics from Antioch College.