President & Founder
The Harwood Institute
Rich Harwood is founder and president of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, a nonpartisan, independent nonprofit that teaches, coaches and inspires people and organizations to solve pressing problems and change how communities work together. Under his leadership, the Institute’s tools and approaches for deepening impact and change have spread to thousands of communities in the U.S. and nearly 40 countries, and through partnerships with some of the world’s largest nonprofits including United Way Worldwide, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the American Library Association and AARP.
After working on numerous political campaigns and a number of respected national nonprofits, and against the advice of many of his mentors, Rich founded what became the Institute when he was 27 years old, driven by a belief that we needed to do more to make sure everyone had a fair shot at reaching their God-given potential and that everyone’s voice mattered. He continues this work today, helping people address the acrimony and divisiveness that have taken hold of our politics and public life and stand in the way of progress. He has authored a number of books and has spoken extensively on these subjects over the course of his career.
Rich, a native New Yorker, is a graduate of Skidmore College and Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is a father of two and lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife Jackie, and their two dogs.
Saturday, February 10
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM