Sharon Ana Entress

Sharon Ana Entress

Associate Director of Research

Ms. Entress provides project management, critical research, and analytical support for UBRI. An attorney, Ms. Entress applies her expertise in legal, policy and statistical research and her vast knowledge of health, demographic, economic, labor, human services and education data to a variety of UBRI projects.

With almost fifteen years’ experience as a member of the UBRI team, Ms. Entress has a proven track record of success in projects that deal with industry economic impact, labor market assessment, community development, and the role of higher education in the region’s knowledge economy. Ms. Entress provides team leadership for projects including Mobile Safety Net, Speaking of Health in Central New York, University at Buffalo Economic Impact Study, and Report Card on Charitable Giving in Erie County managing all aspects from the development of a proposal and project strategy to the coordination of research, writing, report production, presentations and client relations. She oversees the design, data collection and analyses for all UBRI economic impact studies including How SUNY Matters: Economic Impacts of the State University of New York and Buffalo Niagara Cultural Tourism Strategy. Ms. Entress’ solid understanding of best practices for developing performance indicators has been instrumental to projects such as Pathways to Progress for the Women and Girls of Western New York, and Reaching for Excellence: Community Vision and Voices for Western New York Health Care. And, her experience in designing and implementing surveys in a variety of formats to generate quantitative and qualitative information greatly enhanced projects such as Buffalo Niagara Labor Market Assessment, State of the Region, and Better by Degrees: Securing a Role for Higher Education in Western New York.

Ms. Entress holds Bachelor’s degrees in both Microbiology and Economics from the University of Rochester; and a Juris Doctor from the University at Buffalo. A native of Rochester, Entress worked in the insurance industry before moving to Buffalo, where she has developed a passion for Western New York’s people and communities.