As the Academy’s Chief Development Officer, Janet Harris oversees all fundraising and membership programs for the California Academy of Sciences, supporting not only its public facility in Golden Gate Park, but also its world-class scientific research and education programs. She brings together private, corporate, and civic supporters committed to the future of this world-class scientific institution, building relationships that help the Academy deliver on its mission to explore, explain, and sustain life.
Harris joined the Academy in 2010, after serving as Vice President of Development for the International Rescue Committee, the United Nations’ largest partner on all matters relating to refugees and displaced persons. Over the course of her nine years with the IRC, she raised more than $350 million in private support, and spearheaded and exceeded the goal to raise $100 million in endowment funds.
Before joining the IRC, Harris served as a development and planning consultant for a number of non-profit clients, including the Roundabout Theatre Company, the New York Shakespeare Festival, the James Beard Foundation, and the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
Harris earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre and criminology from the University of Iowa, attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, and is a certified sign language interpreter.