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
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:
- ARCUS – for emerging leaders in heritage preservation
- The Presidio Institute – for emerging cross-sector leaders
- The Mason Center for Social Entrepreneurship – for emerging cross-sector leaders
- The Phoenix Project – for entrepreneurial leadership in distressed communities
- The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership (youth programs) – ethical political leadership
- The Virginia Citizenship Institute – nonpartisan political leadership
- The Harriman Foreign Service Fellowships – international diplomatic leadership
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.