Greg Werkheiser’s mission is connecting the lessons of our past to the leadership of our future. He believes this is achieved by protecting, conveying, and applying wisdom gleaned from history and diverse cultures to solve modern challenges and build a better society. To achieve these goals, has Greg pursued three professional practices – cultural heritage and civil rights law, augmented reality technology entrepreneurship, and innovation in leadership education.
Greg is a Founding Partner of Cultural Heritage Partners, the world’s premier law firm in its field. Through this law firm, Greg serves clients worldwide who are committed to addressing complex challenges related to the preservation and protection of artifacts, art, architecture, landscapes, sacred places, and living traditions. Greg’s advocacy has achieved significant victories, particularly in the realm of Indigenous and Black cultural heritage and civil rights.
In addition, Greg is Co-founder and CEO of ARtGlass, the global leader in bringing augmented reality to cultural tourism. ARtGlass groundbreaking software and insights empower iconic museums, historic sites, and cultural attractions to provide AR tours to millions of visitors, conveying wisdom through intellectual and emotional immersive storytelling.
Greg has also pioneered influential new methods of leadership education. Greg spent over two decades establishing and leading five national centers. These groundbreaking institutions include the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia, which focuses on bipartisan civic engagement and civic capacity engagement among youth; the Phoenix Project, promoting social entrepreneurship and civic capacity-building in distressed communities; the George Mason University Center for Social Innovation; the Presidio Institute, specializing in cross-sector leadership; and the ARCUS academy, providing emerging leaders with training in heritage preservation. The Carnegie Foundation for Teaching recognized Greg as one of America’s top civic educators.
In all such pursuits, Greg collaborated with teams of talented and dedicated colleagues.
Early in his career, Greg was heavily involved in direct political service, which included standing as a candidate for the Virginia legislature, writing speeches for a President and First Lady, US Ambassador to France, and US Senator, and advocating for state investment in public higher education.
In October 2023, Greg and Marion Werkheiser received the prestigious Simons Medal of Excellence.
Greg is an alumnus of the College of William and Mary, his education made possible thanks to a stranger who learned of Greg’s financial situation and helped fund his tuition, in return for Greg’s pledge to continue the cycle of generosity. Greg earned his law degree from the University of Virginia.
Greg, along with his wife Marion, daughter Amelia, and extended family call Richmond, Virginia home. His hobbies include adventurous travel, creative writing, pun-making (black belt), and befriending wild crows.
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Greg’s work has appeared in more than 500 media outlets, including in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and on National Public Radio. Examples include:
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