Jeremy Sharpe is passionate about creating better communities. “While the ‘place’ is important to creating opportunities for connections, it’s the relationship between people and purpose that most excites me,” he says.
He oversees business operations and community and resident relations for the 18,000 residents of Rancho Sahuarita in Tucson, which recently received the Project of the Decade award from the Metropolitan Pima Alliance.
“Our team also tries to create innovative programming for all demographics,” he says. “For example, we have a comprehensive program for those families with special needs, including Special Needs Water Park Day, Special Olympics, Valentine’s Day dances, and much more.”
He was the founding chair of the Downtown Tucson Coalition, a small group of influential business, city, and county leaders who meet monthly to discuss issues and opportunities concerning downtown.
Every week, Sharpe meets with the local school superintendent on issues ranging from financing future schools to class projects. He chairs a political action committee to support the schools and was a founding member of Sahuarita Wins, which creates mutually beneficial relationships between the school district and local organizations and businesses. He volunteers his time to help students with class projects and internships.
He is a member of a dizzying list of organizations: Southern Arizona Leadership Council, Metropolitan Pima Alliance, Be Kind People Project, and the Fred Lewis Foundation for Youth Handball. He is even the honorary commander of the 335th Medical Operations Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.