Donna Harris is the cofounder of 1776, a global incubator and seed fund that focuses on startups in the industries most important to our global future. Launched only two years ago, 1776 now has campuses in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, and San Francisco, and operates a venture fund making investments worldwide. With visitors ranging from President Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron to CEO’s of America’s top technology companies, 1776 has become the singular go-to-stop in DC for political and corporate leaders as they seek to engage in the innovation economy.
Prior to launching 1776, Donna served as the Managing Director at the Startup America Partnership where, working in partnership with the White House, the Kauffman Foundation and the Case Foundation, she led the formation of entrepreneurial communities across the United States and integrated them into a national startup ecosystem.
Prior to joining Startup America, Donna was Vice Chair of Interpoint Group, a government markets, government relations, and public affairs strategy and management firm, which generated nearly $8 billion in revenue while passing or defeating legislation, and executed public affairs campaigns for corporations, non-profits, foundations, and governments globally. Under her leadership, the company grew 10x and was acquired by Pegasus Capital Partners.
She was also previously Founder and CEO of Kinderstreet, which sold software in the education, sports, and recreation markets, and Vice President at Centromine, a provider of web-based clinical and fiscal systems in the Health and Human Services industry.
Donna serves as a Trustee of the Federal City Council, is a member of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., is on the Board of Directors of the Global Entrepreneurship Network and is also an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Georgetown University. She is also an active angel investor as a cofounder of K Street Capital. Donna is also a frequent speaker and contributor to publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and Huffington Post. Recognized as one of Washington, DC’s Power 100 by Washington Business Journal and Washington Life, and as a Tech Titan by Washingtonian Magazine, Donna has become one of the most influential leaders in Washington’s new economy.