Christopher Harris

Senior Philanthropy Consultant, Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace Network

Christopher Harris is currently Senior Consultant to the Norwegian Peacebuilding Centre (NOREF). Until recently, he worked as Senior Consultant to the Foundation Center in New York and to the Bernard van Leer Foundation in The Hague. Until 2010 he served for ten years as the Senior Program Officer on Philanthropy at the Ford Foundation where he worked on strengthening new and existing philanthropy in the U.S. and globally. The special focus of his work was on how philanthropy can be best used as a tool for social justice and peace. His grants focused on increasing and improving funding by foundations for rights and justice efforts—racial, human, economic, civil, women’s, sexual and cultural rights as well as for peace and reconciliation. He founded the Working Group on Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace, on which he still serves.

Prior to his time at Ford, Christopher was a vice president at the Council on Foundations where he directed work on professional development and international issues. Earlier he served with the Council of Chief State School Officers, where he focused on improving education for marginalized students, and worked closely with federal agencies, Congressional staff, state departments of education and advocacy groups on policy development and legislation. He has worked on Palestinian education and training in the West Bank and Gaza, and served on the founding staff of the International Relief/Development Project in Somalia and Ethiopia. Christopher has a doctorate in education from Harvard University and was on the Editorial Board of the Harvard Educational Review.

Christopher is currently on the editorial board of Alliance magazine (UK), and several advisory boards and committees. He has edited several books on education policy and written a number of articles on philanthropy.