FOCUS St. Louis has named Thompson Coburn’s Jarrod Sharp and 60 other outstanding individuals from the private, public and nonprofit sectors to the 41st class of Leadership St. Louis.
Leadership St. Louis is one of the most respected leadership development programs in the nation. The Class of 2016-17 joins a prestigious group of more than 2,000 leaders who have graduated from the LSL program since its inception in 1976.
Starting in September, Jarrod will embark on a nine-month immersion in all facets of the St. Louis community. On-site visits will connect the leaders with critical issues facing the St. Louis community in the areas of economic development, race, poverty, the environment, and more.
“We are excited to welcome this talented and diverse group of participants into Leadership St. Louis. Over the next year, they will experience this region in new ways and gain knowledge, skills and connections they can use to make a difference within it,” said Yemi Akande-Bartsch, Ph.D., President & CEO of FOCUS St. Louis and Director of the Leadership St. Louis program.
Jarrod represents clients in connection with tax credit-related financing transactions and other commercial finance facilities. With his focus on new markets tax credit projects, Jarrod’s work facilitates the redevelopment of some of our nation’s hardest-hit areas. Recently, Jarrod has had the pleasure to work on some exciting projects around St. Louis, including the construction of the latest building in Cortex, the redevelopment of the GenAm Building at 700 Market, the restoration of Cupples Building No. 9 and construction of Fields Foods in Lafayette Square.
Thompson Coburn has a rich history with Leadership St. Louis. Past class members have included partners Pam Meanes, David Dick, Lori Jones, Laura Jordan, Amelia Lewis, and Cherie Stephens Bock among others.