Kendall Whittier Main Street

Meet our new Executive Director, Ed Sharrer

We are excited to announce the hiring of a new executive director, Ed Sharrer.

Sharrer brings a wealth of experience in historic preservation, city planning, marketing and promotions to Kendall Whittier Main Street.

“Ed has outstanding qualifications and a deep knowledge base to draw from as we pursue our goal of reviving the Kendall Whittier district to true economic vitality,” said Wendy Thomas, KWMS board president and executive director of Leadership Tulsa,, “His past experiences perfectly qualify him to find creative ways to build on the substantial assets already in the neighborhood and to attract others to live, to work and to play.”

As a Planner II with the City of Tulsa, he served as the co-lead planner for the update of the City of Tulsa Zoning Code, project manager for the Utica Midtown (North) small area plan, and project manager for the Mayor’s Institute on City Design Technical Institute.

An award-winning web designer before entering the planning field, Sharrer staffed the Tulsa Preservation Commission for five years, working with hundreds of homeowners on historic rehab projects.

His specialties include public speaking, event coordination, online marketing, and social media. He has a bachelor’s in marketing from The University of Tulsa and a master’s degree from the Urban Design Studio at The University of Oklahoma.

Sharrer is eager to jump in with the Main Street initiatives and help attract investment and development to the neighborhood.

“Kendall Whittier is on the cusp of a major transformation and I’m excited to be a part of it,” said Sharrer, “There’s a creative energy in the neighborhood that’s already attracting renewed interest and vitality. Kendall Whittier has assets that no other part of Tulsa can offer, such as the Circle Cinema, Tulsa’s last remaining historic movie theater, and Fab Lab, an innovation facility connected to MIT’s global network of fabrication laboratories.”

Reach out to Ed by e-mailing historickwms@gmail.com.