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Richard C. Harwood

Rich HarwoodRichard C. Harwood, a leading authority on engaging citizens in the important public issues of the day, graduated from Skidmore College 1982 with a B.A. in political economy.  While at Skidmore, he was named a Harry S. Truman Scholar.  He received an M.A. in public affairs from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

As founder and president of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, he develops initiatives to improve America's communities, raise standards of political conduct, and increase public involvement in complex in and controversial public issues.  "If we are to improve politics and public life," said Harwood, "then we need to release ourselves from our resignation that public life and politics have to be the way they are today, and declare that it can be better, that we can be better. There is unfinished work to do."

A dynamic and inspirational speaker, Harwood has been featured at hundreds of events and is a frequent keynote speaker for foundations and national organizations. He is a commentator and contributor on national and syndicated television, newspapers, radio, and web sites.  He also is a regular panelist on the annual public television broadcast "A Public Voice," hosted by former CNN news anchor Frank Sesno.
In October of 1999, Harwood was a featured speaker along with Colin Powell and Doris Kearns Goodwin at the White House Fellows 35th Anniversary Program. He is a faculty member of the Public Affairs Institute and also has lectured at the Poynter Institute, a national school of journalism.