Donna Harris is cofounder of 1776, a comprehensive initiative to convene and accelerate startups from around the world by connecting them to the political, intellectual, social and financial capital that make Washington, DC unique.
Prior to starting 1776, Donna was Managing Director of the Startup America Partnership, where she architected and led the Startup Regions Initiative, which focused on accelerating the formation of vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems across the Unite States and connected the communities into a national startup ecosystem.
Previously Donna was Vice Chair of Interpoint Group, a government markets, government relations, and public affairs strategy and management firm. She was also Founder and CEO of Kinderstreet, which sold SaaS solutions company in the municipal, education, sports and recreation markets. Prior to that, Donna was Vice President of Strategic Planning, Marketing, and Product Management for Centromine, a provider of web-based clinical/fiscal systems in the Health and Human Services industry. In addition, Donna previously held a variety of roles at Oracle Corporation and at EDS.
Donna is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Georgetown University and she is an alumna of Springboard Enterprises. She has bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and her MBA from The University of Michigan Ross School of Business.