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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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Sarah Goodman Thiel

Studio Associate

Sarah Goodwin Thiel is the Head of Community Engagement for University of Kansas Libraries and Coordinator of the Libraries Exhibition Program. She works collaboratively to foster an environment of engagement within the KU Libraries and to cultivate relationships with the wider community. 

Her interests include community engagement, interdisciplinary collaboration, library exhibitions and Design Thinking. Thiel received the inaugural Anschutz/Budig Outstanding Librarian award in 2010 for her work with collaborative and interdisciplinary library exhibition development.

She holds a BA in Art from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville and an MA in Library and Information Science from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Thiel received training at the ALA-Harwood Public Innovators Lab in 2013


Christine Kim

Studio Associate

Christine joins The Harwood Institute with a background in political philosophy, research, and agriculture.

Prior to The Harwood Institute, Christine was living in the Napa Valley where she built and managed a farm for several years. Her farm work was featured in Chef Kostow’s book, A New Napa Cuisine, as well as in several publications including Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Bon Appetit, and Edible Marin. Her agricultural interests emerged while studying political philosophy, specifically the connection between sustainability and democracy, at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She also engages in social change research for a public opinion research firm in Oakland.

When she’s not working, Christine enjoys learning to make things with her hands, especially through pottery and woodworking.


Grady Lenkin

Special Assistant to the President & Founder

Grady supports The Harwood Institute’s mission through business development and network cultivation.

He is a graduate of Duke University where he majored in Public Policy and co-founded Peer for You, a student-based mental health resource for undergraduates. After college, Grady spent a year in Bangalore, India researching low income neighborhoods and slums. His efforts were part of a team that pioneered several techniques for identifying and classifying slum neighborhoods. Prior to The Harwood Institute, he also worked in the commercial real estate industry.

When not indulging in DC’s vast offering of museums, Grady spends his free time rock climbing, road biking, and hiking. 


Wayne Morris

Finance Manager

Wayne is a CPA who manages the financial and accounting functions at the Harwood Institute.

Wayne has over 30+ years of experience in financial planning, budgeting, forecasting, tax and license compliance, auditing, accounting system conversions and merger and acquisition analysis and due diligence.  

Wayne has run a successful tax practice for the last 15+ years. 

Wayne enjoys the outdoors, biking, cooking and being with family and friends.



Marissa Salzman

Senior Program Manager

Marissa supports The Harwood Institute projects and partner relations including logistics and execution of events and trainings, as well as overall program responsibilities.

Marissa is a graduate of University of Maryland, majoring in Communication-Public Relations. At UMD she was a member of Student Class Council 2012 and was a member of the Commencement Speaker Committee for the 2012 graduation ceremonies. She comes to The Harwood Institute having worked for The American Israel Public Affairs committee and worked abroad in Italy for a student travel company.

Marissa has lived in the DC area for 10 years and enjoys all that the Nation’s Capital has to offer. She enjoys being active in the DC community and traveling, whether on road trips or across the sea, in her spare time.

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Cory Wilson

Interim Marketing Director

Cory has spent the last decade working with social innovators and entrepreneurs around the world, largely through storytelling and systems strategy. In addition to acting at Interim Marketing Director at The Harwood Institute, he is Director of The Collaborative – an award-winning creative team focused primarily on innovation; Director of Critical Path – a new firm creating innovative solutions for the housing sector; and formerly Board President of Townhomes on Capitol Hill – a mixed-income housing cooperative in Washington, DC.

These days, he's been pretty focused on supporting the Institute's rapid growth and a few of his other amazing clients.


Mike Wood

Executive Vice President

Mike Wood, executive vice president, provides executive oversight of The Harwood Institute's coaching and training initiatives, marketing and communications, finance and internal operations. He brings to the Institute deep experience in community and political organizing, organizational change, customer relationship management, fundraising and community engagement. Wood, a former Harwood staffer who returned in September 2013, is a well-respected leader in the social and civic change sector and has a strong track record of leveraging The Harwood Institute’s frameworks and approaches to drive large-scale change.

Most recently, Wood worked at United Way Worldwide, where he developed and led the execution of a network engagement strategy for the 1,200 local United Ways in the U.S. During his seven-year tenure, he also developed a strategy rooted in the Harwood approach to transform United Ways and supported organizational change efforts at United Ways in the U.S., Latin America, East Asia, Eastern Europe, India, Africa and Australia. Prior to joining United Way, Wood was a communications director and project associate for The Harwood Institute, an associate of the Kettering Foundation, a community organizer in the U.S. Appalachian Coal Country region, a Congressional staffer and a field representative on a U.S. Congressional race. He is an experienced writer for newspapers and magazines and has authored and co-authored a number of national reports.

Wood, a Harry S Truman Scholar, one of 20 annual members of USA Today’s Collegiate All-Academic First Team and Rhodes Scholar semi-finalist, holds two bachelor’s degrees from West Virginia University and a master’s degree in political management from The George Washington University.