Donna Harris is co-founder of 1776, a global incubator and venture capital fund that works with entrepreneurs, corporations and government leaders to accelerate innovation to solve the complex challenges of the future. Prior to launching 1776, Harris was managing director of the Startup America Partnership where she led work to strengthen American cities' support for entrepreneurs. Harris serves as a board member of the Global Entrepreneurship Network and the National Center for Entrepreneurship, as an advisor to the Economic Innovation Group, and as a Distinguished Fellow of the Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship at The Busch School at Catholic University of America. Harris is a contributor to publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Forbes, and has been recognized as one of Washington, D.C.'s Power 100 by Washington Business Journal and Washington Life Magazine.
Harris holds a bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University and MBA with distinction from The University of Michigan Ross School of Business. She also received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from American University. She resides in Northern Virginia with her husband Linwood, son Chase and three dogs.