Greg Werkheiser is Founding Partner of the law and strategy firm Cultural Heritage Partners, PLLC, and of its allied consulting venture the Heritas Group. He is an award-winning lawyer and social entrepreneur tackling complex challenges in the fields of cultural heritage preservation, economic development, leadership development, politics and government, and civil rights.
As an attorney with DLA, the world’s largest law firm, Greg represented Fortune 500 companies in litigation of disputes over contracts, real estate, employment, franchise, intellectual property, and corporate governance. Greg won a landmark six year court battle to save from destruction the Black Creek site, host to an irreplaceable archaeological record of 10,000 years of Native American life. He was named Pro Bono Attorney of the Year and received the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation.
Greg launched Cultural Heritage Partners to help secure history as our collective inheritance, and as a tool for economic development and social progress. Cultural Heritage Partners now represents clients around the world, including domestic government agencies, foreign states, major private corporations, museums, nonprofit preservation organizations, Native American tribes, and professional associations.
For twenty years Greg has also pioneered leadership development movements, including civic education, social entrepreneurship, and cross-sector leadership. He served as founding executive director of:
- The Presidio Institute, launching a $200 million federally sponsored center for cross-sector leadership at historic Fort Scott overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge;
- The Center for Social Entrepreneurship at George Mason University, modeling social innovation education strategies for universities globally;
- The Phoenix Project, developing social entrepreneurs on the streets of America’s poorest communities to address joblessness, schools, health, and violence; and
- The University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership youth civic education programs, building bipartisan public service academies.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching explored the impacts of Greg’s work in the book Educating for Democracy: Preparing Undergraduates for Responsible Political Engagement (Jossey Bass). His efforts also garnered the Virginia Governor’s Award for Community Service.
While fostering leadership movements, Greg has himself held public service roles in federal and state government. He wrote speeches for First Lady Hillary Clinton at the White House and served as an aide to Ambassador Pamela Harriman at the U.S. Embassy in Paris. He coordinated President Clinton’s participation in G-7 meetings for the U.S. Information Agency and addressed inefficiency of Capitol Hill offices through the Congressional Management Foundation. Appointed by Governor Mark Warner, Greg chaired the Virginia Commission on National and Community Service, overseeing AmeriCorps. He cofounded the Harriman Foreign Service Fellowships for students interested in diplomatic service. In his narrowly unsuccessful campaign for the Virginia legislature against a 16-year incumbent, Greg secured the endorsement of every regional newspaper, including 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 women and girls, LGBTQ citizens, and racial and religious minorities. His work in law, politics, preservation, and civil rights has appeared in more than 1,000 media pieces.
Greg 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. He lives with his wife and firm cofounder Marion and their daughter Amelia in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Virginia, where they restored a Civil War era homestead now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.