Jennifer Tharp has been a Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification holder and PMI volunteer since 2001. Since joining the PMI Board of Directors, she served as Chair of the Audit and Performance Oversight Committee (APOC), Chair of the Compensation Committee, and Vice Chair of the Board, where she leveraged her governance expertise to help PMI prepare for the future. Prior to serving on the global board, she helped PMI chapters achieve their goals and serve their members better through strategic planning and execution, and served as president of the PMI San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. She is a 2008 PMI Leadership Institute Master Class graduate.
In her professional career, Ms. Tharp advises startups and multinationals including eBay, Genentech, Cisco and Nikon on difficult governance problems. She works closely with boards and executive teams to increase oversight, transparency and accountability. Ms. Tharp specializes in large-scale strategic change to prepare for major lifecycle events, such as mergers and acquisitions and Initial Public Offerings. She is a recognized expert in project and program management, data privacy, agile development, strategic planning, cyber-security and compliance risk. Ms. Tharp co-authored the ground-breaking book, Sustainability Integration for Effective Project Management, with project managers and researchers around the world, the first to offer direct guidance to project managers on the long-term social, financial and environmental impacts of the work they do.
She has taught project management, risk, leadership and sustainability at University of California, Berkeley, USA. She also is a regular keynote speaker at international events, where she focuses on the value of project management to achieving business priorities.