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Rich Harwood

President & Founder, The Harwood Institute
Author, Speaker, Coach

Rich Harwood teaches and inspires people to solve our pressing problems and change how communities work together. The Institute’s impact is a result of his decades-long effort to develop a toolset for empowering self-guided community change and increasing civic engagement. His work is actively used across the globe and has helped transform communities here in the United States.

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Colleen Bowman

Director of Network Engagement

Colleen joins The Harwood Institute after serving as the Northeast Regional Outreach Director at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.  In this role, Colleen expanded and strengthened the the USGLC's network of businesses, political, civic, faith-based, academic, and military leaders.  She also advocated to protect U.S. development and diplomacy programs.  Prior to joining the USGLC, Colleen worked as the Manager of Field Operations at the Business-Industry Political Action Committee where she built and fostered strategic relationships with leading state business organizations and supported their advocacy efforts. 

Colleen also worked as a legislative intern in the Capitol Hill office of then-Senator John Kerry and in the district office of former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul. A proud native of Buffalo, N.Y., Colleen graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a B.A. in Political Science.

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Damien Conners

Vice President, Promise and Impact

Damien is a passionate advocate and thought-leader committed to strengthening communities and building a fairer, more equitable society. He is a former executive director and COO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, co-founded by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., where, among other issues, he focused on matters of scale across the organization's national network. At the local level, he served as executive director of an education equity effort which sought to engage and empower parents, youth, and residents to improve Bridgeport, Connecticut, public schools through campaigns, advocacy and diverse forms of direct actions. Damien has a strong understanding of how change unfolds in communities and what it takes to deliver programs, services and supports in a way that delivers results and allows for scaling. 

In 2013, Damien was honored with the Emancipation of Capital Award for his strategic and programmatic work around building coalitions to address socio-economic inequity in the United States. Damien's civil rights and intellectual commitments have guided his leadership of, and participation in, change efforts at the intersection of education, politics, gender equity, race and religion. For nearly five years, Damien served as a teaching associate and instructor at Emory University where he led courses in African American Studies, Religion and Theology.

Damien is a graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and minored in Africana Studies and Music. He earned a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, receiving a Certificate in Women’s Studies and a Certificate in Black Church. Damien earned a Master of Theology from Emory University in 2010 -- where his work focused on womanist politics and religious expression. In 2014, Damien received a Certificate in Kingian Nonviolent Conflict Reconciliation from the University of Rhode Island, Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies. 

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Paige DeLoach

Digital Engagement Specialist

Paige supports The Harwood Institute’s Network Engagement team by providing expertise on the organization’s digital communication platforms. She commands the Institute’s social media platforms while also helping guide the framing and narrative of Rich Harwood and The Harwood Institute.

Paige is a graduate of Cornell University, where she majored in Linguistics and completed minors in Law & Society, Inequality Studies, and Policy Analysis & Management. She played on the Women’s Varsity Soccer team at Cornell and was a member of several student athlete leadership organizations on campus. She comes to The Harwood Institute having worked for several local non-profit organizations based around economic equity and housing rights.

Paige is a Maryland native and enjoys reading, movies, and live music. 

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Harvey Droke

Senior Accountant

Harvey is the Harwood Institute's Senior Accountant. He went to school in Nashville, Tennessee, where he obtained his Master's in Accounting. 

Harvey has worked for clients including the United States Department of Labor and Amazon Prime. He was drawn to the Harwood Institute team because of the unique, refreshing nature of the organization. He looks forward to supporting mission driven work while finding inspiration from the Harwood Approach and Turning Outward.