Round Table Leader:
Tech in Elections: Influencing Communities & Voters
Head of News, Government, and Elections, Twitter
Adam Sharp joined Twitter in November 2010 as the company’s first hire in Washington, DC. As Head of News, Government and Elections, he leads a team driving creative uses of Twitter by journalists and news organizations, government officials and agencies, and political candidates and campaigns worldwide. He is also Vice President of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation, a National Press Foundation board member, and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Called "the human embodiment of Twitter" by the New York Times, Sharp was named one of Washingtonian magazine's "Tech Titans" in 2013. He came to Twitter from C-SPAN, where as Executive Producer, Digital Services, he oversaw the editorial development of C-SPAN.org and enhancements to daily public affairs coverage on C-SPAN 3 on cable.
From 2004 to 2009, Sharp served U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., as Director of Communications and Technology, and later, Deputy Chief of Staff. A principal strategic advisor through Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the senator’s 2008 reelection campaign, Sharp was elected President of the bipartisan Senate Press Secretaries Association for a 2007-2008 term.
Previously, as Manager of eBusiness & Digitization for NBC News, he led a multi-divisional effort to streamline the newsgathering process through technology. Over nine years in different roles with the network, Sharp took part in NBC's coverage of the 1993 through 2000 elections, the 2000 Summer Olympic Games and the September 11th attacks.
In late 2001, Sharp joined New York-based Alan Weiss Productions and spent eight months at Ground Zero, documenting the World Trade Center recovery process for the Port Authority and City of New York.
He has also worked as a television reporter, magazine columnist and interactive media entrepreneur.