Sharon Pette is the creator and sole proprietor of Effective System Innovations (ESI), LLC. With nearly 25 years of professional experience in juvenile justice and child welfare systems, Sharon has led state governments, city governments, and large not-for-profit agencies throughout the United States in system-wide reform. Consulting expertise includes developing agency strategic plans, creating meaningful performance measures, implementing and managing system-wide initiatives, building quality assurance and program evaluation systems, and streamlining processes to improve outcomes for youth and families. Previous work history includes serving as a direct care staff in detention centers and group homes; Quality Assurance & Evidence Based Practices Program Manager (Oregon Youth Authority); and Executive Director of Quality Assurance (City of New York, Division of Youth and Family Justice). Key projects have included implementing evidence-based practices in ten close custody facilities and nearly 40 contracted community residential programs; establishing the infrastructure for program evaluation and process improvement; and developing the framework for measuring organizational outcomes. Sharon has been instrumental in helping organizations lead the nation in their work with at-risk and justice involved youth.
As an independent consultant, some of Sharon's key projects have included:
Sharon is also certified as a Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) and a Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB).
Formal Education and Training
Sharon's academic credentials include a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology (cum laude) and a Masters degree in the Science of Counseling Psychology (summa cum laude). Sharon earned her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certificate and Lean Management certificate from Villanova University. She is also a federally certified Department of Justice PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) auditor and has conducted dozens of facility audits throughout the United States.