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Greg Werkheiser

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Firm co-founder Greg Werkheiser is a lawyer and entrepreneur who builds ventures that connect the lessons of our past to the leadership of our future. Greg believes that solving critical societal challenges requires leaders who draw on wisdom and strategy from across time, culture, sector, industry, and ideology.

To preserve and leverage history, Greg’s ventures advance law, public policy, business strategy, and technology in the cultural heritage field globally.

To forge leaders for our age, Greg’s ventures re-imagine leadership development for emerging entrepreneurs of public, private, and social enterprises.

To enable all to serve and lead, Greg advocates for civil rights of oppressed communities.

Greg’s current ventures include:

  • Cultural Heritage Partners, PLLC – the premier law, government affairs, and business strategy firm serving exclusively heritage-mission clients, including governments, professional associations, museums, tribes, preservation organizations, private businesses, families, and individuals. He also founded the aligned leadership consulting firm, the Heritas Group.
  • ARtGlass – A wearable augmented reality company helping cultural sites and museums create mind-bending experiences for visitors.

Examples of Greg’s recent cultural heritage work through CHP include:

  • Managing Preservation 50, the year-long national commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, uniting an unprecedented coalition of public, nonprofit, and private partners.
  • Leading the federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of an American Indian tribe against the State of New Jersey for undermining state recognition of the tribe.
  • Forming and guiding Leaders in Energy and Preservation, a nonprofit coalition of energy industry and preservation community leaders devising voluntary practices that manage risk and protect significant historic and cultural sites.
  • Negotiating a successful conclusion to the historic resources review process for the nation’s first off-shore wind farm, resulting in multi-million dollar investments in preservation
At the commmoration of the legal victory preserving the Black Creek Site

Commemorating the legal victory preserving the Black Creek Site

His contributions to the field have been recognized with the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation, and DLA Piper’s Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award.

Greg has launched and led seven groundbreaking leadership development ventures over two decades:

His contributions to the leadership education movement are recognized in the books “Educating for Democracy: Preparing Undergraduates for Responsible Civic Engagement” and “Civic Participation in America,” and with receipt of the Virginia Governor’s Award for Community Service.

Greg has held public service roles in federal and state government. He has written speeches at the White House and the U.S. Embassy in Paris, coordinated the U.S.’s participation in global meetings for the U.S. Information Agency, and increased the efficiency of Capitol Hill offices through the Congressional Management Foundation. Appointed by Governor Mark Warner, Greg chaired the Virginia Commission on National and Community Service. As a narrowly unsuccessful candidate for the Virginia legislature against a 16-year incumbent, Greg secured the endorsement of The Washington Post and greater financial support than any prior candidate for the Virginia House.

Greg is a long-time advocate for the empowerment of racial and religious minorities, women and girls, and the LGBTQ community. He is a lifetime member of the NAACP.

Greg’s work has appeared in more than 1,000 news items in 300+ media outlets. He blogs for the Huffington Post.

He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law and his B.A. degree in government from the College of William and Mary, where he served as student government president and chair of the statewide student coalition.

Greg and his family restored Sutherland House, the Civil War-era home now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

REPRESENTATIVE ENGAGEMENTS

      • Manage Preservation 50, the year-long national commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, uniting an unprecedented coalition of public, nonprofit, and private partners.
      • Form and guide Leaders in Energy and Preservation, a nonprofit coalition of energy industry and preservation community leaders devising voluntary practices that manage risk and protect significant historic and cultural sites.
      • Lead the federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of an American Indian tribe against the State of New Jersey for undermining state recognition of the tribe.
      • Advise foreign governments seeking international cooperation on strategies for protecting their cultural heritage sites at risk of looting.
      • Negotiate a successful conclusion to the historic resources review process for the nation’s first off-shore wind farm, resulting in multi-million dollar investments in preservation
      • Protected the Black Creek Site, a major Native American archaeological and sacred site, through 5-years of precedent-setting litigation – now a state park.

PRESENTATIONS

Greg has delivered hundreds of presentations and speeches on topics including cultural heritage preservation, social innovation, leadership development, politics and government, and civil rights. Examples include:

      • Opening Keynote: “The Future of History,” an address in Honor of Preservation50, the Adler Theatre, Davenport, Iowa, Preserve Iowa Summit, 2016.
      • Presenter: National Trust for Historic Preservation, PastForward, “Kick Off Preservation50,” Washington, DC, 2015 (scheduled).
      • Keynote Speaker, “The Future of Cultural Property Law,” Santa Clara University School of Law, Cultural Heritage Law Society, Santa Clara, CA, 2015.
      • Plenary Speaker, “Tribal Energy Development & Cultural Preservation,” Ute Tribe Energy Conference & Expo, Denver, CO, 2014.
      • Opening Speaker, “Building A Cross-Sector Leadership Movement,” The Presidio Institute & White House Forum on Cross-Sector Leadership, San Francisco, CA, 2013.
      • Keynote Speaker, “Keys to Success for Community Action Outcomes,” Community Action Partnership Management & Leadership Training Conference, San Diego, CA, 2013.
      • Panel Moderator, “Social Enterprise for Nonprofits,” Nonprofit Bootcamp 2013, Microsoft Campus, Mountain View, CA, 2013.
      • Keynote Speaker, “Solving Complex Social Challenges,” Social Innovation Program Commencement Ceremony, The Newseum, Washington, DC, 2012.
      • Opening Speaker, “Entrepreneurship in the Age of Austerity,” Accelerating Social Entrepreneurship Conference, Arlington, VA, 2011.
      • Keynote Speaker, “The Power of Social Innovation Education,” Launch of the George Mason University Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Fairfax, VA, 2011.
      • Keynote Speaker, “The Story of Your Founding,” NAACP William and Mary Chapter 15th Anniversary Celebration, Williamsburg, VA, 2009.
      • Presenter: “Preservation Litigation: The Battle to Save the Black Creek Site,” William and Mary School of Law, Williamsburg, VA, 2010.
      • Commencement Keynote, “Leading Your Life in Exponential Times,” South County High School, Fairfax, VA, 2010.
      • Keynote Speaker, “Phoenix Rising: Reviving Economically Distressed Communities,” Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement at Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA, 2008.

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ADMISSIONS

      • Virginia State Bar
      • District of Columbia Bar
      • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
      • U.S District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
      • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, pro hac vice
      • Virginia Supreme Court