Sharon Johnson is responsible for developing entrepreneurship partnerships and investments that support startup activity and access to resources for underserved and underrepresented population, communities, and regions. She implements economic development programs and projects related to entrepreneurship access and inclusion. Sharon was the Chief Engagement Officer (CEO) of Economic Empowerment Wisconsin (EEWi) where her diverse roles working in the private and public sectors, as well as being an entrepreneur, provided the foundation to effectively collaborate and provide resources to entrepreneurs of color.
Sharon is a graduate of Purdue University and earned her MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her diversity in careers includes sales and product management with Kraft Foods; real estate sales and marketing with Veridian Homes, and program management and consulting with the State of Wisconsin. Entrepreneurial ventures include owner of Lofty Ideas, LLC, with the creation of new bedding products and Gray Enterprises, LLC, that provides consulting services for entrepreneurs.