Greg Harris’ Bio

Greg Harris is the founding director of the New Governance Group, and serves as a Public Policy Advisor for Cincinnati-based KnowledgeWorks Foundation, a national education philanthropy that seeds future-oriented educational practices and policy reforms.

At KnowledgeWorks, he led successful policy initiatives on education, workforce development and economic development. Harris currently serves as a lead consultant for the Ohio “Smart Schools” initiative, which identified over $1 billion in cost-savings in school budgets without compromising classroom performance, and is currently charged with taking the initiative national.  He has also played a key role in KnowledgeWorks’ strategic communications and foundation relations efforts.

Harris managed former Governor Bob Taft’s Ohio Workforce Education and Training and Advisory Council that led to transformative changes to the state’s workforce development system, and served on Governor Ted Strickland’s Governor’s Workforce Policy Board. 

From 2000-2005, Harris served as Executive Director of Citizens for Civic Renewal, which built broad public support for smart growth policies and regional approaches for addressing Cincinnati metro challenges.  

Harris is a former Congressional candidate who also served on Cincinnati City Council.   He earned his bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University and master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Miami (OH) University. He has two sons, and resides in Cincinnati.

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