In the Beginning...


Sharissa Jones comes from a long line of storytellers and she continues in the tradition of making herself either the most sought after or avoided cocktail party guest.  Growing up on a farm in rural Nebraska gave her plenty of time to craft her tall tales and she is currently at work on her Nebraska-based novel, And Then In Omaha.

Sharissa graduated from the Grub Street Novel Incubator in 2015 and blogs for Dead Darlings. She holds a BA in Ethics, Politics and Economics from Yale College, although she couldn’t tell you how all those things relate to one another.

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In a previous life, Sharissa was a partner at Capital Z Investments, a New York-based private equity firm where she focused on the firm’s hedge fund investment portfolio and served as a director of several portfolio companies.  Prior to joining Capital Z as a founding member, Sharissa was an officer at Zurich Centre Investments, where she was responsible for evaluating and structuring private equity investments. Sharissa was also in the investment banking division at Morgan Stanley & Co.

Sharissa has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Fortune Magazine and other publications. Additionally, she was profiled by the Omaha World Herald and was named to Crain’s New York Business 40 under 40 list.

Sharissa once won fifty dollars in a barrel-racing jackpot and was named Miss Congeniality by a sorely misinformed Miss Southwest Nebraska Rodeo pageant judge.