Founder & CEO, Sharp Things
Called "the human embodiment of Twitter" by the New York Times, Adam Sharp has forged a distinctive career of more than twenty years at the intersection of media, technology and politics.
From 2010 through 2016, Sharp was Head of News, Government and Elections at Twitter, advising journalists, news organizations, candidates and government officials in more than 20 nations. He became the longest-serving member of the company’s global media team, and its most visible broadcast spokesperson.
He appears regularly as a noted expert and speaker on digital communications and marketing, political affairs and strategy, and issues related to “fake news” and misinformation. Recent appearances include events hosted by the New America Foundation, the National Democratic Institute International Leaders Forum, the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management, and the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. He is represented by the Leading Authorities speakers’ bureau in Washington, DC.
Sharp served U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., from 2004 to 2009, first as a spokesman and later as Deputy Chief of Staff. He played an integral role in the creation of the Senate Centrist Caucus; the “Gang of 14” agreement to approve Supreme Court nominees and delay for nearly a decade use of the so-called “nuclear option;” bipartisan compromises on the federal budget and energy policy; and the response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
He has held leadership roles at NBC and C-SPAN, and is currently Vice President of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation, a board member of the National Press Foundation, and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He also serves on the Advisory Committee on D/Misinformation and Propaganda at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Advisory Board for the Millennium Aliiance, and as a startup mentor at Matter.vc.
He founded Sharp Things in January 2017 to continue providing actionable, strategic advice to companies and individuals whose objectives cross the domains of media, technology and politics. In addition to Sharp himself, the company has built a network of independent consultants who add unique experience and considerable insights as appropriate to each client relationship.