Jana Sharp, Principal and Founder


Jana is the Founder and Principal of Sharp Insight.  She is responsible for the vision and management of Sharp Insight, while providing each of our client initiatives with strategic and content oversight, evaluation expertise, and capacity building.  Since 2002, Jana has provided evaluation consulting services to hundreds of organizations 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. 

Outside "the office"

Outside the office, Jana can most often be found outdoors (literally!) running after her kids.  Community is important to her and she enjoys being involved in a variety of local activities and organizations. Jana loves bringing family and friends together by hosting egregiously large dinner parties.  And in the few minutes a week when she’s not doing any of the above, she tries to squeeze in a good podcast or watch a sappy drama.