Greg Werkheiser is a social entrepreneur and lawyer tackling major challenges in the fields of leadership development, politics and government, cultural heritage preservation, and civil rights.
He has helped pioneer three major leadership development movements over 20 years: civic education, social entrepreneurship, and cross-sector leadership, serving as Founding Director of:
- The Presidio Institute – launching a $200 million cross-sector leadership development initiative at historic Fort Scott overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge;
- The Center for Social Entrepreneurship at George Mason University – demonstrating social innovation education’s potential from Virginia’s largest university;
- The Phoenix Project – bringing social enterprise to the streets of severely economically distressed communities to address broken schools, poor health, violence, and joblessness; and,
- The University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership’s youth civic education programs – building model bipartisan academies to produce better public servants.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching documented Greg’s work in the book Educating for Democracy: Preparing Undergraduates for Responsible Political Engagement (Jossey Bass).
While fostering leadership movements, Greg has himself held public service roles at the White House, U.S. Embassy in Paris, U.S. Information Agency, and Congressional Management Foundation. He secured the Washington Post’s endorsement and greater financial support than any prior candidate in his campaign for the Virginia legislature.
Greg transferred skills honed representing Fortune 500 companies in complex litigation at a global law firm to saving cultural heritage as our collective inheritance. He won a landmark court battle to save the Black Creek site, host to 10,000 years of Native American life. He co-founded Cultural Heritage Partners, PLLC and is a long-time advocate for women’s, GLBTQ, and racial and religious minorities’ empowerment.
Greg earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and his B.A. in government from the College of William and Mary.