A graduate of Tennessee State University with a Master’s degree in Non-profit leadership from Belmont University, Hurt currently serves as President/CEO of JUMP-Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership, an organization dedicated to revitalizing the businesses on Jefferson Street and bringing commerce to the North Nashville Community. JUMP has been a leader in partnering with Metro Government in the areas of job training and community advocacy.
Most recently, Sharon Hurt was elected Council-at-Large to the Metro Council, in her first political race: “As I have worked to better the lives of my fellow Nashvillians, I never considered elective office for myself,” Hurt said. “I am humbled by the number of friends and colleagues across the city who have encouraged me to take undertake this effort. In considering a political campaign, I have come to believe this is the logical next step in my work for a better community. I believe in bridging the gaps that divide Nashville and have worked toward that cause with government. Now I believe I can further that cause within government. I am thrilled that the people of Nashville have put such enormous faith in me and elected me Council-at-Large Representative.”
Annually, Hurt coordinates the Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival, an event drawing 30,000 celebrants each year to provide an economic impact to the North Nashville area as well as celebrate the rich cultural role Jefferson Street plays in Nashville’s history.
For her advocacy of Nashville and service to the community, the Nashville Post named Hurt one of the “Most Powerful Women” of 2011. She received the 2014 Sage Award from the Council on Aging. During her tenure, JUMP has secured more than four million dollars in funding from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program Grant to acquire and rehabilitate homes in the North Nashville community and a Community Enhancement Grant for beautification projects on Jefferson Street.
The JUMP Shuttle Service has also greatly impacted the community, providing door-through-door service for senior and disabled citizens across Nashville, allowing them to participate in life enriching activities in the arts and meeting basic needs, such as personal shopping and prescription drop-off and pick-up.For this service, and many others, Hurt received Safeco Insurance’s “Community Hero” award and TSU’s “Woman of Strength, Courage and Commitment” award, as well as a recipient of the Societas Doctas Civic Award. Additionally, she is currently president of the Nashville Women’s Breakfast Club and the Nashville Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a former president of the Bellevue Exchange Club, member of Downtown Rotary, serves on the board of Discover Madison-Amqui Station, and Vanderbilt University’s Black Cultural Center. Hurt is a former board member of the Center for Non-Profit Management and past president of the Association of Non-profit Executives Council and is a graduate of the 2004 Class of Leadership Nashville.
Hurt resides in Nashville with her husband Lovie. Together they have three adult daughters.