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:

BOARD LEADERSHIP / GOVERNANCE:
- 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

BUSINESS OPERATIONS
- 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

Experience

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

2015

Current

OpenDNS

Compliance

2014

Current

Project Management Institute

Board of Directors, Audit Committee

PMI, a not-for-profit corporation with $200 million in annual revenue, is governed by a Board of Directors that is comprised of 15 member-elected directors who serve three-year terms. 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. PMI is a global organization, with over 500,000 members in 195 countries.

2010

Current

UC Berkeley

Instructor: UC Berkeley Extension

Teaches graduate level courses in project management and sustainability

2003

Current

Mastodon Consulting

President

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.

2012

2014

Project Management Institute

Region 7 Strategic Advisor

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

2014

2014

RoseRyan

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.

2013

2014

Fastly

Consultant

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.

2012

2013

SunRun

Consultant

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.

2012

2013

ClearSlide, Inc.

Consultant

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

2011

2012

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Head of IT Program Office

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.

2010

2010

Palo Alto Community Federal Credit Union

Supervisory Committee

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.

2008

2010

Pacific Gas & Electric

Management Consultant

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.

2009

2010

PMI - San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

Advisory Board Member

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.

2009

2009

Linden Lab

Management Consultant

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.

2008

2009

Association for Strategic Planning

Operations Chair, Northern California Chapter

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

2007

2009

Project Management Institute

Past President, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

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

2007

2008

Shutterfly

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.

2007

2007

Nikon

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.

2006

2006

PMI (Project Management Institute)

President, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

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.

2005

2006

Shopping.com / eBay

IT Management Consultant

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.

2003

2005

Genentech

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.

2001

2003

Vodafone

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.

2000

2001

Wheelhouse

Senior Consultant

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

1992

1999

Thomson Consumer Electronics

Manager (multiple roles)

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

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Education

See where I spent time studying and gained early knowledge to prepare for my professional life.

1992

1998

Indiana Wesleyan University

Business Administration

Start

Current

Cathedral High School

Skills

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
Projects
Marketing Strategy
Program Management
Disaster Recovery
Project Portfolio Management
Sustainability
Corporate Governance
IPO
Sarbanes-Oxley Act
M&A experience
PCI DSS
Corporate Social Responsibility
Change Management
Project Management
Strategic Planning
Start-ups
Integration
Strategy
Management Consulting
PMO
Business Strategy
PMP
Governance
Project Planning
Vendor Management
Business Analysis
Security
Software Development
Business Transformation
Risk Management
Cross-functional Team Leadership
Mergers & Acquisitions
Leadership
Process Improvement
Enterprise Software
IT Management
Agile Methodologies
Executive Management
Management
Consulting
Team Building
Business Process Improvement
Mobile Devices
Quality Assurance
Outsourcing
Information Technology
IT Strategy
Professional Services
Public Speaking

Testimonials

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

Jennifer provided pragmatic solutions for bringing our data warehouse systems into SOX compliance, navigating myriad, competing requirements with a deftness not ... Read more

Derek Stevenson

Senior Director, Customer Analytics

Jennifer is a highly intelligent, skilled professional in the realm of understanding organizational structure and operating conditions and assisting leaders in ... Read more

Dave Arnold, MBA

Chief Marketing Officer, Medical Investigation Group, Inc.

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-u ... Read more

Donald Lemma

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

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 ... Read more

sunil kollu

Sr Architect at StubHub

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 ex ... Read more

Anna Billstrom

Partner at PickAxe Mobile, LLC

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 ... Read more

Ted Celentino

Governance and Compliance Consultant

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 s ... Read more

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 issu ... Read more

Pat Brady

Sr.. Project Manager at McKesson

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 i ... Read more

Mark Ferlatte

Co-Founder at Tetherpad

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 natu ... Read more

Kaaren Walsh

Information Technology and Services Consultant and Contractor

Jennifer helped us to initate our SOX compliance initative, which started shortly after the IPO. She succesfully bridged the gap between our existing processes ... Read more

Daniele Farnedi

CTO at Trulia

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 suppo ... Read more

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. ... Read more

David Edgerton, Jr.

IT Program Manager at Andersen Corporation

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 i ... Read more

Rich Webster

Operations Director at Zetta.net

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 fro ... Read more

Imre Kabai

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

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, du ... Read more

Dana Trifanescu

experienced VAS specialist

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-thr ... Read more

Adam Rifkin

Undercaffeinated. Overconnected. And All Man.

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 deter ... Read more

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 ... Read more

Sonja Hyde-Moyer

Product & UX Manager

Jennifer was a stellar project manager and leader within the IT organization at Genentech. She provided excellent leadership, management and insights in driving ... Read more

Pam Yanchik Connealy

Principal at Mission Hills Consulting Group

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 h ... Read more

Ian Parkin

Experienced Global IT Operational Professional

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 ti ... Read more

Todd McNabney

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

Jennifer was key to Shutterfly achieving IT SOX compliance. We also used her at Shopping.com for the SOX process. She's got a can-do attitude and really underst ... Read more

Jeff Whitehead

Production Engineering

Jennifer is a diligenent, goal orieneted, and focused individual with attentiopn to detail. Her ability to identify and resolve issues is a significant asset a ... Read more

Edmund murphy, BSCS, MSSM,

Sr Program manager at Microsoft

Jennifer impressed everyone at SLAC with her professionalism, knowledge and insight. She shepherded two major projects, both of which were in troubled states. ... Read more

Amber Boehnlein

Head of Scientific Computing at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

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 ma ... Read more

Steve Ira

Director, Head of Engineering Systems

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 wor ... Read more

Aric Rubin

Director, Infrastructure Security at Salesforce.com

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, ... Read more

Don Zook

Very Senior Project Management Consultant

Jennifer has provided presentations/workshops at different events held for the PMI-Sacramento chapter. Her in-depth knowledge about the topics is immense. She i ... Read more

Shashwati Roy

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

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. Jenn ... Read more

Gerald Meyers

Director at Accell GRS

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, ... Read more

Alison Esquivel

Global Business Research and Consulting

Jennifer receives top marks for her skills in working with & motivating both executive-level & volunteer staff, effectively managing business risk, and especial ... Read more

Over the last year-and-a-half, Jennifer has played an invaluable role at Shopping.com. Jennifer has developed and refined a number of engineering processes; ass ... Read more

Jane Lisinker-Korobov

Director, Quality, IT, & Escalations at Trulia

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 t ... Read more

Jonathan Grubb

Product Manager & Designer; RVIP Lounge Driver

Jennifer is a friendly, whip-smart, and results-oriented personality. Her ability to troubleshoot potential problems and execute/implement a strategy before the ... Read more

Jennifer Trujillo

Lead Community Manager at Linden Lab

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

Eric Morfin

Partner at Clinical Excellence Research Institute

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 engine ... Read more

Gary Jones

Information Security/CISSP,Technical Project Management

Jennifer is a highly intelligent, skilled professional in the realm of understanding organizational structure and operating conditions and assisting leaders in ... Read more

Dave A.

was a consultant or contractor to jennifer at Mastodon Consulting

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-thr ... Read more

Adam Rifkin

was with another company when working with jennifer at Mastodon Consulting

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 suppo ... Read more

Andrew (Drew) Daniels

managed jennifer at ClearSlide, Inc

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-u ... Read more

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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-u ... Read more

Donald Lemma

managed jennifer indirectly at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

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 fro ... Read more

Imre K.

managed jennifer 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. O ... Read more

Amber Boehnlein

worked with jennifer at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

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 i ... Read more

Mark F.

worked directly with jennifer at Linden Lab

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 deter ... Read more

James P.

worked with jennifer at Linden Lab

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 wor ... Read more

Aric R.

worked with jennifer at Linden Lab

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 s ... Read more

Nathalie U.

managed jennifer at PMI (Project Management Institue

Jennifer provided pragmatic solutions for bringing our data warehouse systems into SOX compliance, navigating myriad, competing requirements with a deftness not ... Read more

Derek S.

worked with jennifer at Shutterfly

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 ... Read more

Rich W.

managed jennifer at Shutterfly

Jennifer was key to Shutterfly achieving IT SOX compliance. We also used her at Shopping.com for the SOX process. She's got a can-do attitude and really underst ... Read more

Jeff W.

was jennifer's client

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. Jennif ... Read more

Gerald M.

worked directly with jennifer at Shutterfly

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 ... Read more

Ted C.

was jennifer's client

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 natu ... Read more

Kaaren W.

reported to jennifer at PMI (Project Management Institute

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 ... Read more

Sonja H.

was with another company when working with jennifer at PMI (Project Management Institute

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, ... Read more

Don Z.

reported to jennifer at PMI (Project Management Institute

Jennifer receives top marks for her skills in working with & motivating both executive-level & volunteer staff, effectively managing business risk, and especial ... Read more

JP Z.

worked directly with jennifer at PMI (Project Management Institute

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

Eric M.

worked directly with jennifer at PMI (Project Management Institute

Jennifer helped us to initate our SOX compliance initative, which started shortly after the IPO. She succesfully bridged the gap between our existing processes ... Read more

Daniele F.

was jennifer's client

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 h ... Read more

Ian P.

worked directly with jennifer at Shopping.com / eBay

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 man ... Read more

Steve I.

worked directly with jennifer at Shopping.com / eBay

Over the last year-and-a-half, Jennifer has played an invaluable role at Shopping.com. Jennifer has developed and refined a number of engineering processes; ass ... Read more

Jane L.

worked with jennifer at Shopping.com / eBay

Jennifer is a friendly, whip-smart, and results-oriented personality. Her ability to troubleshoot potential problems and execute/implement a strategy before the ... Read more

Jennifer T.

worked with jennifer at Shopping.com / eBay

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 ... Read more

Pat Brady

worked directly with jennifer at Genentech

Jennifer was a stellar project manager and leader within the IT organization at Genentech. She provided excellent leadership, management and insights in driving ... Read more

Pam Y.

managed jennifer indirectly at Genentech

Jennifer has provided presentations/workshops at different events held for the PMI-Sacramento chapter. Her in-depth knowledge about the topics is immense. She i ... Read more

Shashwati R.

was jennifer's client

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 ... Read more

sunil K.

worked directly with jennifer at Vodafone

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, du ... Read more

Dana T.

was with another company when working with jennifer at Vodafone

Jennifer is a diligenent, goal orieneted, and focused individual with attentiopn to detail. Her ability to identify and resolve issues is a significant asset an ... Read more

Edmund M.

worked directly with jennifer at Vodafone

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, ... Read more

Alison E.

worked directly with jennifer at Vodafone

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 t ... Read more

Jonathan G.

worked directly with jennifer at Vodafone

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 engine ... Read more

Gary J.

worked directly with jennifer at Vodafone

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 ex ... Read more

Anna B.

worked with jennifer at Wheelhouse

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. Sh ... Read more

David E.

worked directly with jennifer at Thomson Consumer Electronics

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 tim ... Read more

Todd M.

reported to jennifer at Thomson Consumer Electronics

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