jennifer tharp

Helps companies make their investors happy. regulatory compliance, organizational maturity, sustainability.


jennifer's bio

Experienced leader with broad, global multi-functional experience (Sales & Marketing, Strategic Planning, Finance, Business Development, Project Management and IT). Proven ability to grow businesses and teams from scratch both in start up and established multinationals.

Consistently produces extraordinary results, driving business growth through process, organization and technology transformation, through major lifecycle events such as M&A and IPO. Turns ideas into revenue, and builds positive relationships across all organizational levels. Establishes clear vision, builds consensus, determines execution roadmap, and applies appropriate governance.

End-to-end experience in corporate operations, with M&A integration, turn-around, IPO and start-up leadership experience.

Key Accomplishments:

- All phases of pre-IPO and M&A readiness
- Expert in PCI, GxP, EU Safe Harbor, Sarbanes Oxley and other compliance matters affecting growing organizations
- Took over a board in a period of crisis, when the organization had entered into a contractual relationship that threatened its fiscal viability. Facilitated extrication, and moved organization into a stronger direction
- Briefed audit committees, overall boards on governance and compliance issues
- Developed governance practices that made client a viable target for acquirer, and rationalized practices post-integration

- Determined and negotiated partnerships and go-to-market strategy for multiple ventures. Efforts included creative, development of value proposition, fulfillment, customer acquisition, national advertising campaign, etc.
- Established balanced scorecard, KPI metrics, forecasting process and standard operating procedures
- Salvaged a floundering customer relationship, making it the most profitable for division
- Expert in strategic execution, and integrating sustainable practices throughout operations


Explore my professional history and get to know the companies I worked at and the roles and responsibilities I've been assigned.

2015 - Current



2014 - Current

Board of Directors

Project Management Institute

2010 - Current

Instructor: UC Berkeley Extension

UC Berkeley

2003 - Current


Mastodon Consulting

2012 - 2014

Region 7 Strategic Advisor

Project Management Institute

2014 - 2014

Strategy Consultant


2013 - 2014



2012 - 2013



2012 - 2013


ClearSlide, Inc.

2011 - 2012

Head of IT Program Office

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

2010 - 2010

Supervisory Committee

Palo Alto Community Federal Credit Union

2008 - 2010

Management Consultant

Pacific Gas & Electric

2009 - 2010

Advisory Board Member

PMI - San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

2009 - 2009

Management Consultant

Linden Lab

2008 - 2009

Operations Chair, Northern California Chapter

Association for Strategic Planning

2007 - 2009

Past President, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

Project Management Institute

2007 - 2008

Management Consultant


2007 - 2007

Management Consultant


2006 - 2006

President, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

PMI (Project Management Institute)

2005 - 2006

IT Management Consultant / eBay

2003 - 2005

IT Management Consultant


2001 - 2003

Senior Project Manager


2000 - 2001

Senior Consultant


1992 - 1999

Manager (multiple roles)

Thomson Consumer Electronics



Board of Directors

Project Management Institute

PMI is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that is comprised of 15 member-elected directors who serve three-year terms. Elected to serve 2015-2017. The Board oversees the management, control and supervision of the business and is accountable to the worldwide membership. The PMI Board is also responsible and accountable for strategic planning and the establishment of policy with respect to activities of the Institute.

Instructor: UC Berkeley Extension

UC Berkeley

Teaches graduate level courses in project management and sustainability


Mastodon Consulting

Corporate governance consulting, to interpret and apply regulations and best practice to your environment. Guides Fortune 500 and leading edge technology clients in large-scale strategic change, compliance, and risk management. End-to-end experience in corporate operations, with M&A integration, turn-around, IPO and start-up leadership experience. Drives the development, management and improvement of client infrastructure, systems, and processes in Engineering, Operations, Human Resources, Finance and Administration. Works closely with boards and investors as needed.

Region 7 Strategic Advisor

Project Management Institute

Helped PMI chapters design and implement strategic plans to help them envision and achieve individual chapter goals while aligning with global organization.

Strategy Consultant


Internal strategic consultant, helping financial consulting firm determine whether it should depart a line of business, developing pricing and go-to-market strategy, identifying appropriate staffing levels, and developing internal and client training and communication for new vision.



Guided this rapidly growing content delivery network through PCI compliance, EU Safe Harbor and similar regulations. Developed initial control framework, policies and procedures, helping to mature organization for stronger scaling, accountability and growth.



Resolved PCI compliance issues, developed business processes across the enterprise in order to support disaster recovery and business continuity requirements, designed and implemented security processes, and designed access control for stronger security. Responded to endless investor requests to mature the organization.


ClearSlide, Inc.

Designed IT security processes and procedures, refined change management procedures, and designed flexible Software Development Life Cycle methodology for this rapidly growing Internet startup.

Head of IT Program Office

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Developed first IT Project Management Organization for the lab, aligned IT with mission objectives, and launched multiple mission-critical initiatives for the lab. Hired staff, established procedures and metrics, brought order out of chaos.

Supervisory Committee

Palo Alto Community Federal Credit Union

Appointed by the Board of Directors to independently monitor the internal controls of the credit union. Ensures a high level of internal control quality, management's financial reporting objectives are met and that practices and procedures safeguard member assets. Merged with San Mateo Credit Union.

Management Consultant

Pacific Gas & Electric

Project Governance - Developed a project management standard for the utility which all significant projects ($1 million - $5 billion+) now are required to follow, to ensure consistent, predictable execution and fewer unpleasant surprises.

Advisory Board Member

PMI - San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

Initiated and developed strategic plan for this 2,500-member chapter, addressing changes in the Bay Area, including globalization, mergers and acquisitions and pricing pressures.

Management Consultant

Linden Lab

Pre-IPO readiness. Reviewed all business processes (tax, treasury, accounting, etc) and IT processes (security, operations, change control) for accuracy and integrity of data. Identified control gaps, determined areas of improvement, documented and executed new processes.

Operations Chair, Northern California Chapter

Association for Strategic Planning

Developed and implemented strategic plan, and drove fiscal accountability to move this young organization from crisis to sustainable mode.

Past President, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

Project Management Institute

Developed five year strategic plan, using balanced scorecard, to transform the organization to meet evolving member needs.

Management Consultant


Brought in to address Sarbanes-Oxley compliance issues. Drove the development of new processes covering security, release engineering and change management. Identified risks and defined and executed remediation programs to correct those issues.

Management Consultant


Developed technology procedures to comply with Japan's Financial Instruments and Exchange Law (JSOX). Developed a framework of good governance practices and resolved critical risks, via cultural and procedural change.

President, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

PMI (Project Management Institute)

Initiated and developed strategic plan for this 2,500-member chapter, addressing changes in the Bay Area, such as globalization, mergers and acquisitions, pricing pressures and other environmental factors. Partnered with corporations and non-profits to further the profession and serve the community.

IT Management Consultant / eBay

Developed a comprehensive IT Governance model and executed against that vision, building a culture of discipline and accountability. Refined operations and engineering processes to balance operational reliability with strategic positioning.

IT Management Consultant


Strategic consulting, ranging from Sarbanes-Oxley and FDA (21 CFR Part 11) compliance to reengineering change management practices and developing an agile methodology framework.

Senior Project Manager


Directed all phases of technical deployments for Verizon Wireless, minority owned by Vodafone, making it the most profitable and efficient segment for Vodafone Global Platform.
Launched wireless web portal for Connex, Romania's largest wireless provider. Scope included Web, WAP and SMS, entirely in Romanian language.

Senior Consultant


Developed strategic plans for business development, systems integration, and marketing initiatives for clients in boutique professional services firm.

Manager (multiple roles)

Thomson Consumer Electronics

Directed several major independent initiatives at this $8 billion global consumer electronics manufacturer, owner of RCA and GE brands.


A concise list of some of the most valuable professional skills I possess. My tricks of the trade and what I can bring to the table.

Strategic Consulting


Marketing Strategy

Program Management

Disaster Recovery

Project Portfolio Management


Corporate Governance


Sarbanes-Oxley Act

M&A experience


Corporate Social Responsibility

Change Management

Project Management

Strategic Planning




Management Consulting


Business Strategy



Project Planning

Vendor Management

Business Analysis


Software Development

Business Transformation

Risk Management

Cross-functional Team Leadership

Mergers & Acquisitions


Process Improvement

Enterprise Software

IT Management

Agile Methodologies

Executive Management



Team Building

Business Process Improvement

Mobile Devices

Quality Assurance


Information Technology

IT Strategy

Professional Services

Public Speaking


Hear what some of my clients and colleagues have to say about me after working together on various projects throughout my career.

Derek Stevenson

Senior Director, Customer Analytics

“Jennifer provided pragmatic solutions for bringing our data warehouse systems into SOX compliance, navigating myriad, competing requirements with a deftness not commonly found in IT. She was an excellent partner focused on achieving results in a short timeframe.”

Dave Arnold, MBA

Chief Marketing Officer, Medical Investigation Group, Inc.

“Jennifer is a highly intelligent, skilled professional in the realm of understanding organizational structure and operating conditions and assisting leaders in clear and focused thinking that brings about success in their businesses. I worked with Jennifer while she was a participant at PMI's Leadership Institute Master Class. This was a class for leaders and Jennifer was a leader in that group, helping to achieve excellent results for the entire class. Jennifer also worked with me on a team to address a global sustainability strategy for PMI and was not only insightful, but results-focused. Any organization or manager would benefit substantially from hiring or working with Jennifer. I strongly recommend her.”

Donald Lemma

CIO and Associate Dean for Technology at the Columbia Business School at Columbia University

“I had the pleasure of working with Jennifer in my capacity as CIO of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Jennifer was brought in to both create and head-up the new IT program management office. I was extremely impressed with her ability to handle extremely complex program and project management assignments with disparate stakeholders (government agencies, the university, scientists, financial analysts, senior executives, and vendors). Her communication skills, technical skills, and integrity were among the very top tier of the staff and her enthusiasm and dedication to her work assignments was impressive. I highly recommend Jennifer for any senior program management, project management and IT consulting engagements.”

sunil kollu

Sr Architect at StubHub

“Jennifer is flat-out the best project manager I have ever worked with. She enabled the team to get the job done and has always made the right decisions. She has excellent leadership skills, sound business sense and is very easy to work with and I highly recommend her.”

Anna Billstrom

Partner at PickAxe Mobile, LLC

“I am impressed with Jennifer's insight into system-wide problems before they actually occur. She's been in enough large technical implementations to have the experience and know-how of common pitfalls, and special challenges. She's got a great sense of humor and is a pleasure to work with.”

Ted Celentino

Governance and Compliance Consultant

“Jennifer knows the best solutions and recomendations for her clients that will both serve their unique needs and help them obtain the best results and quickest payback.”

“Jennifer has impressed me with her strategic insights and dedication. She is an invaluable member of my team. We have had intense discussions on our chapter's strategic direction leading to significant positive changes to the organization. You cannot have a better team member: someone who is not afraid of healthy conflict to improve the organization as a whole.”

Pat Brady

Sr.. Project Manager at McKesson

“Jennifer is one of the most resourceful people I know. Our backgrounds, career experience, and age are poles apart. Yet as peers, we have shared project issues and problems and have collaborated to come up with very solid solutions. I am always amazed at how resourceful Jennifer is. I feel I have a professional bond with Jennifer and know that I can call her to talk through business issues and use her as a mentor. Vise-versa, I feel Jennifer can call me for the same. Jennifer is no non-sense, get down to the facts PM and Jennifer has a large backing of colleagues that support her and Jennifer successfully works hard to maintain those relationships as demonstrated by here on LinkedIn. Number one I would work with Jennifer any chance that I can.”

Mark Ferlatte

Co-Founder at Tetherpad

“JT is easy to work with and helped make a really painful process (pre-IPO readiness) much less painful. We ultimately decided to not IPO and we got a lot done in terms of organizational maturity on the way to figuring that out. If I'm in that situation again, I'm calling her.”

Kaaren Walsh

Information Technology and Services Consultant and Contractor

“During the year that I served as Vice President of Membership under Jennifer's leadership as President of SFBAC, I found that her vision to be strategic in nature. Prior to her term the chapter seemed to be focused on tactical issues (I was VP of Membership the prior year). Jennifer asked several former, active Presidents of the chapter to form a committee on strategic planning. The outcome was excellent with a substantial mission statement and a continuing committee to execute the mission statement. The chapter is still focused on long term strategy and is stronger for this emphasis

Jennifer was very supportive of her board members and volunteers, encouraging them to attend regional and international PMI conferences. In addition Jennifer allowed her board members to operate independently making sure that their work was aligned strategically however.

I enjoyed my work with Jennifer on this board.”

Daniele Farnedi

CTO at Trulia

“Jennifer helped us to initate our SOX compliance initative, which started shortly after the IPO. She succesfully bridged the gap between our existing processes and business scale and what larger and more mature organization have in place, demonstrating flexibility and adaptability while learning and understanding our business. Her leadership in managing our audit process was instrumental in our compliance.”

“Jennifer is an excellent product / program specialist who has helped me and my team with a number of compliance activities and help us develop programs to support engineering and compliance needs.

I also had an opportunity to work with Jennifer at Shutterfly where she was instrumental in helping us achieve Sarbanes-Oxley compliance after we went public.

I recommend her services and believe she can help build a program that can lead to a successful completion of a compliance or audit need.”

David Edgerton, Jr.

IT Program Manager at Andersen Corporation

“Jennifer was definitely a joy to work with. She was helpful in making my transition into my content manager role and the business side of Thomson successful. She is detailed, organized, resourceful, and knows how to get the job done. I would recommend her to any organization looking for a bright, creative mind to help manage change and get results.”

Rich Webster

Operations Director at

“I have had the opportunity to work with many Project Managers in my career and one stands head and shoulders above the rest, Jennifer Tharp Russell. Jennifer is a great resource who has an incredible breadth and depth on knowledge when it comes to project management and SOX. Her years of experience help guide her through any issue she may encounter and her excellent verbal and written communications skills allow her to take the most complex subject matter and distill it into a way for which even executives can understand it.
If you have the opportunity to add Jennifer to your team you will not be sorry.”

Imre Kabai

Chief Architect, Director of Platforms & Enterprise Architecture at Granite Construction

“Jennifer joined SLAC at a difficult time. She had to run two of the largest Business/IT projects. She was also responsible for building an IT Program Office from the ground-up. Jennifer successfully completed the projects in a complex environment where the stakeholders were unfamiliar with the unique properties of IT projects. Jennifer is a very experienced program manager and strategist. But most importantly, with her witty and cheerful personality and by delivering results she won over even the most demanding and skeptical stakeholders. I recommend Jennifer for any senior program or strategy role she feel qualified for.”

Dana Trifanescu

experienced VAS specialist

“Jennifer brought a key contribution to the success of a difficult project in which we worked together. The difficulties were related to its importance, size, duration and risks.
She applied her high competence in project management tactfully and with dedication. We as a customer have appreciated her contribution in solving issues, mediating conflicts, outlining priorities.
Her open enthusiastic character and ‘Marathon runner’ attitude constantly helped both teams to overcome a 9 hours time zone difference, company culture and life style differences.”

Adam Rifkin

Undercaffeinated. Overconnected. And All Man.

“Words that come to mind when I think of Jennifer: professional, smart, and pleasant to talk with. I've found that she's quite organized and has great follow-through, too. I endorse her wholeheartedly.”

“Jennifer was brought in to sort out the state of Linden Lab's many systems as it related to access, privacy and internal controls. The goal was to quickly determine the state of readiness in context of Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) compliance, but also to provide the executive group a clear and succinct external view in to how the many systems were configured. She had been brought in by one of our execs, who had worked with her at a previous company. She had to engage many people in the organization, most of whom had little to no time to lend to this additional exercise. What struck me immediatley was the extent to which she prepared for these meetings, and the manner in which she utilised the time she had with the people she was speaking with. Never have I worked with someone as smart, prepared and obviously well versed on our environment, as well as the context in which it fit, not just into our operational priorities, but in the SOX compliance environment as well. It was easily the highest value-for-money Linden Lab ever spent on an outside resource (IMHO). I would work with Jennifer again at my first opportunity!”

Sonja Hyde-Moyer

Product & UX Manager

“Jennifer is a great resource as the President of the Bay Area chapter of PMI. She is professional, is great at connecting people and making sure we PMs get the most out of our membership. And, of course, she is always delightful and welcoming.”

Pam Yanchik Connealy

Principal at Mission Hills Consulting Group

“Jennifer was a stellar project manager and leader within the IT organization at Genentech. She provided excellent leadership, management and insights in driving her complex projects forward. I highly recommend her.”

Ian Parkin

Experienced Global IT Operational Professional

“Jennifer is a very articulate, insightful and organised individual. Her knowledge and skill sets are very broad and deep in detail. For the past 18 months she has worked for as a consultant project manager on a number of high visibility and complex projects. At all times she remained focused and professional, guiding everything to completion with boundless energy. Her confidence, attention to detail and willingness to go the extra mile made it a pleasure to work with her. She truly is an asset for any organisation.”

Todd McNabney

Owner / Designer at HEROIC / HEROIC Racing Apparel LLC HEROIC is a Men's and Women's Moto fashion lifestyle brand.

“Jennifer was my Manager at Thomson. She really knows how to motivate her team and get work done while being professional and at an approachable level at all times. She never minded working right beside you doing the same work or helping you get past a hangup for the better of the team. Highly recommended.”

Jeff Whitehead

Production Engineering

“Jennifer was key to Shutterfly achieving IT SOX compliance. We also used her at for the SOX process. She's got a can-do attitude and really understands how to prioritize and get the job done.


Edmund murphy, BSCS, MSSM,

Sr Program manager at Microsoft

“Jennifer is a diligenent, goal orieneted, and focused individual with attentiopn to detail. Her ability to identify and resolve issues is a significant asset and places her head and shoulders above her peers. It was a pleasure working with Jennifer. I would work with her again and highly recommend her in a heart beat.”

Amber Boehnlein

Head of Scientific Computing at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

“Jennifer impressed everyone at SLAC with her professionalism, knowledge and insight. She shepherded two major projects, both of which were in troubled states. One project was on a short timeline and after she became PM, it finished on time and the application had a successful launch. Jennifer organized the other project and was able to hire an outstanding PM to lead that effort after the project was stabilized.”

Steve Ira

Director, Head of Engineering Systems

“Jennifer is competent and capable across a range of IT and operations related management areas. She's able to go into detail while staying general enough to manage for the bigger picture. She successfully led through SOX compliance, as well as contributing to the overall strategy for operations. And she did so in an ever changing and extremely challenging environment. She's a top notch professional.”

Aric Rubin

Director, Infrastructure Security at

“Jennifer did a terrific job of providing guidance through the security and sar-box process. She's smart, capable, patient and easy to work with. I'd happily work with her again and recommend her highly.”

Don Zook

Very Senior Project Management Consultant

“Jennifer led and inspired the Project Management Institute, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter to become one of the highest rated Chapters in the world with over 2,000 members. While serving as Chair of the Nominating Committee to nominate next years Officers and also as a volunteer I felt fortunate to work with a capable and dynamic leader.

I also previously served on the Chapter Board with Jennifer where she demonstrated excellent financial and project management skills. Jennifer's skills were best shown when she was Chapter CFO/Vice President of Finance. She started with very scanty records as a prior CFO relocated in another part of the country. She got everything up to date which was instrumental in the Board being able to perform their fiduciary responsibility to the Corporation. I recommend Jennifer very highly.”

Shashwati Roy

Project Manager in PMO, HP-CALWIN at HP Enterprise Services

“Jennifer has provided presentations/workshops at different events held for the PMI-Sacramento chapter. Her in-depth knowledge about the topics is immense. She is an extremely good presenter in terms of presentation style, skills, and personality. She is thourough and knows her area well. She has an extremely cooperative attitude and is a great person to interact with!”

Gerald Meyers

Director at Accell GRS

“I worked with Jennifer on a mutual client. She did a fantastic job meeting the client's expectations and developed a strong relationship with key buyers. Jennifer was a joy to work with!”

Alison Esquivel

Global Business Research and Consulting

“Jennifer is a very professional project manager and a dynamic and strong team leader. She shows calm and grace under pressure, particularly during the complex, multi-national projects that we worked on together at Vodafone.”

“Jennifer receives top marks for her skills in working with & motivating both executive-level & volunteer staff, effectively managing business risk, and especially in breaking complex issues into workable units for positive results. Her focus/determination coupled with her expertise/background are true assets for any firm.”

Jane Lisinker-Korobov

Director, Quality, IT, & Escalations at Trulia

“Over the last year-and-a-half, Jennifer has played an invaluable role at Jennifer has developed and refined a number of engineering processes; assisted with the implementation of and prepared the Engineering and Operations teams for Sarbanes-Oxley compliance/audits. Jennifer is very dedicated, resourceful and passionate about her work. She has a great ability to keep and act on strategic initiatives while dealing with the day-to-day details of the project/s. Jennifer has reached-out well beyond the scope of her responsibilities; her skill, in-depth knowledge, style, ability to multi-task, and handle the most challenging situations with a positive attitude are an inspiration!”

Jonathan Grubb

Product Manager & Designer; RVIP Lounge Driver

“Jennifer is one of the finest project mangers I've had the privilege of working with. She’s always on top of everything, and she keeps a cool head in the most tense situations. I recommend her unconditionally. If you'd ever like more information on how great Jennifer is please give me a call on my mobile at 415-722-9449.”

Jennifer Trujillo

Lead Community Manager at Linden Lab

“Jennifer is a friendly, whip-smart, and results-oriented personality. Her ability to troubleshoot potential problems and execute/implement a strategy before they actually become problems is uncanny. Her handling of resources in getting the job done is remarkable and her experience exceptional.”

Eric Morfin

Partner at Clinical Excellence Research Institute

“Jennifer has demonstrated a high level of commitment to the field of project management while a President of the PMI SFO Chapter.”

Gary Jones

Information Security/CISSP,Technical Project Management

“I worked with Jennifer to transition ownership of the Connex wireless web portal from her team to my team. The transition went smoothly as did subsequent engineering and deployments. The work performed by her team was of the highest calibur. Jennifer is a great team builder and her teams deliver. Highly recommended and would work with her again in an instant.”


Get in touch with me if you would like to do business together, share an idea or just say hello.

San Francisco Bay Area

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