Our staff come from a variety of backgrounds ranging from psychology to public health. We are united by our commitment to serving progressive organizations that are changing the landscape for the communities they support.


 

JANA SHARP

Founder & Principal

 
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Sharp Insight’s Founder and Principal, Jana Sharp, is a strategic consultant focused in the areas of evaluation and performance measurement. Since 2002, Jana has supported over 100 clients in the nonprofit, foundation, and public sectors. 

While initially drawn to the field of evaluation through her work in education and public health, Jana is continually inspired by the challenge of bridging research and practice. Her deepest sense of professional fulfillment comes from partnering with organizations to uncover how their staff and leadership define “success” and better understand the difference they are making in their communities.

Jana is well regarded by her clients for her collaborative work style, deep knowledge of evaluation theory and practice, interactive facilitation, and her personal investment to their organization’s mission.

Jana earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and her Master of Public Health from the University of Maryland. She is a Spanish speaker and has twice served as an international public health volunteer in Venezuela. As a former middle school teacher in the New Jersey and Illinois public school systems, Jana carries with her a passion for supporting youth-serving organizations.

Jana is a member of the American Evaluation Association, the Washington Area Evaluators, and the Mid-Atlantic Facilitator’s Network. Jana lives in Montgomery County, Maryland with her husband and two children.


 

KRISTEN DEGAN

Senior Associate – Monitoring and
Evaluation

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Kristen Degan is a Senior Associate at Sharp Insight. She brings a depth of project management, analytic, and reporting experience to Sharp Insight. As a public health professional, her research interests have included HIV/AIDS, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, and social justice issues. As a mother, Kristen is also very interested in maternal and child health issues.

Kristen’s career began with a two-year tour in Uzbekistan teaching English as a Peace Corps volunteer and progressed to the field of public health via international development. She is also a proud member of the board of directors of her neighborhood farmer’s market.

Kristen holds a Master of Public Health and Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College.

 

COURTNEY HARRIS

Evaluation Assistant

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Courtney Harris is an Evaluation Assistant at Sharp Insight. She brings technical writing expertise to the team and in her role supports organizations to develop meaningful, data-driven reports on progress and impact.

Courtney has worked in both the non-profit and research sectors and is thrilled to combine these experiences into tangible evaluation products. Her research experience has shaped her understanding of the evaluation process and the importance of careful and consistent data analysis. Her time in the non-profit sector has solidified her belief that monitoring and evaluation are vital components of any program.

She is fluent in Spanish and continues to be deeply impacted, both personally and professionally, from her experience living and working in Honduras. Courtney holds a Bachelor of Science in Global Community Health from George Mason University where she is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health.

SAMANTHA GREENBERG

Senior Associate – Research and
Evaluation

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Samantha Greenberg is a Senior Associate at Sharp Insight who specializes in research, writing, and inclusive evaluation practices. She has demonstrated success in building the research, monitoring, and evaluation capacity of non-profit organizations in the Washington D.C. area.

Notable projects that Samantha has been a part of include collaboration with the American Psychological Association on a resource toolkit, Engaging Parents as Partners in Adolescent HIV/STD Prevention, and evaluation of several 21st Century Community Learning Center programs in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Samantha has employed the concept of “self-evaluation” to facilitate conversations about organizational dynamics including staff values, personality types, and conflict styles. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Integral and Transpersonal Psychology with the goal of bringing insights from psychology to her work in research and organizational development.

 

LEILA TAWEEL

Evaluation Assistant

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Leila is an Evaluation Assistant at Sharp Insight. She brings skills in data management, research methods, and technical writing to the Sharp Insight team. As a public health professional, she is particularly interested in HIV, social determinants of health, and structural barriers to care.

Notable projects that Samantha has been a part of include collaboration with the American Psychological Association on a resource toolkit, Engaging Parents as Partners in Adolescent HIV/STD Prevention, and evaluation of several 21st Century Community Learning Center programs in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

In addition to her work with Sharp Insight, Leila is currently pursuing her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the George Washington University and working on a research project with the DC Department of Health. She earned her undergraduate degree in Community Health from George Mason University.

 

Staff Contributors

 

SEAN ALLEN

Behavioral Scientist

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Sean Allen is an experienced biostatistician, most often running quantitative analyses on behalf of our clients. He has extensive experience with a wide range of methodologies, ranging from longitudinal data analyses to geospatial statistics.

Sean started his career in public health by working in HIV prevention in Kentucky. His research interests focus on structural level interventions for HIV/AIDS and STI prevention among marginalized communities (e.g., persons who inject drugs, LGBTQ* individuals, etc.).

Sean received his Doctorate of Public Health in Health Behavior at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Sean also holds a Master of Public Health degree in Health Behavior and undergraduate degrees in Biology and Entomology from the University of Kentucky. In addition to his role at Sharp Insight, Sean is an Assistant Scientist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

KIM WENSEL

Strategic Communications Consultant

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Kim Wensel specializes in strategic communications. She is experienced at synthesizing and translating technical topics and findings through precise messaging and stakeholder communication materials.

Kim is constantly searching for the most effective way to present data to our clients, both through visualization and storytelling. She’s concerned not just with making things “look pretty,” but more importantly, increasing comprehension through the proper mode of delivery.

Since 2007, she has worked with several universities and non-profit organizations in the areas of behavior change communication, women’s health, and training. She holds a Master of Public Health and a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Virginia Tech.

 

CAREERS

At Sharp Insight, we are always looking for smart, inquisitive individuals who want to use their analytical and problem-solving skills to better the world.  We are specifically interested in candidates with advanced degrees in public health, education, statistics, and related fields. Motivated individuals seeking an engaging, flexible and professionally rewarding opportunity are encouraged to send their resume and letter of interest to jobs@sharp-insight.com.