Harris spent his career in public policy work and heading three national and international advocacy organizations, two in IT and one in higher education. He worked on Capitol Hill, the Carter Administration, and the British Parliament. He has keynoted conferences around the globe and published widely. He chaired several nonprofits such as the Northern Virginia Chapters of the American Heart Association and the Virginia Opera and the Fairfax County Democratic Committee. Harris finished second in the 2006 race for the Virginia US Senate Democratic nomination. He and his wife Deborah Kahn are longtime supporters of the arts, and have commissioned pieces, one of which, Zohar by Jonathan Leshnoff, was performed by the NatPhil after it premiered in Atlanta and Carnegie Hall. He Co-Founded the Campaign for Free College Tuition and is an amateur jazz musician. Harris has his BA summa cum laude from Pitt and his MPhil from Yale.
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