Greg Werkheiser

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Greg Werkheiser pursues three strategies for shared social progress. Preserve and leverage history. Prepare visionary and compassionate leaders. Empower those whom society has disadvantaged.

Greg is the cofounder of Cultural Heritage Partners, the preeminent professional services firm in its field. CHP’s global team includes lawyers, policy advocates, business strategists, and subject experts. They serve governments, tribes, businesses, professional associations, and museums. To maintain the bridges between humanity’s past, present, and future, CHP strives to protect and make accessible the art, artifacts, architecture, landscapes, and living cultures that illuminate our common existence.

Greg is also the founding CEO of ARtGlass USA, the software and services company pioneering wearable augmented reality technology that transforms visitors’ experiences at historic and cultural sites. ARtGlass deploys tours on smart glasses, layering immersive digital content over real-world history. Having deployed at dozens of iconic European sites, ARtGlass is now poised to transform the way visitors to North American sites experience history.

For more than twenty years, Greg has forged disruptive new approaches to leadership education for those who aspire to solve critical public challenges. He founded centers for innovation and teaching that were among the first in the nation to seek to reimagine civic education, and to pioneer training in social entrepreneurship and cross-sector leadership. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching explored Greg’s work in the book Educating for Democracy: Preparing Undergraduates for Responsible Civic Engagement. Numerous institutions have adopted his initiatives and pedagogy, including the University of Virginia, the College of William and Mary, George Mason University, the U.S. Department of State, the Presidio Trust and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Most recently, Greg led the launch of ARCUS, an online academy preparing new leaders for the historic preservation movement.

Greg’s work to advance more thoughtful public leadership prompted him to run as a candidate for the Virginia legislature against a long-term incumbent in a gerrymandered district. Greg secured the endorsement of The Washington Post and greater financial support than any prior candidate for the Virginia House. He drove deeper discussion of government ethics and electoral reform, educational opportunity, child welfare, and transportation.

As a devoted student of oratory, Greg has written speeches at the White House for a President and First Lady, at the U.S. Embassy in Paris for an Ambassador to France, and for candidates running for statewide and national offices. Greg regularly delivers speeches, serves as a subject matter expert for media outlets, and blogs for the Huffington Post. He explores topics including the implications of the exponential growth in technology, the value of heritage preservation, and the evolving nature of leadership.

Since boyhood, Greg has been a passionate advocate for civil rights and equal opportunity as essential to true progress. He founded his college chapter of the NAACP and regularly demonstrates for the rights of racial and religious minorities, women and girls, the LGBTQ community, and low-wage workers. For six years Greg co-led the Phoenix Project, working in a community with the second lowest life expectancy of all American cities, building the capacity of community organizations to support economic recovery. Greg is lead counsel in the groundbreaking civil rights litigation against New Jersey’s Attorney General for violations of the constitutional rights of an American Indian tribe.

Greg’s efforts have been recognized with the Virginia Governor’s Award for Community Service, the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation, and DLA Piper’s Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award.

Greg’s spouse and professional collaborator of thirteen years is Marion Forsyth Werkheiser.

Greg earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. He earned his B.A. in government from the College of William and Mary, where he served as student government president and chairperson of the statewide student coalition promoting investments in public higher education.


  • 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.


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.



  • 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