Robin Harris to Join Wallace Foundation

Harris to lead communications as Vice President

The Wallace Foundation, a philanthropy fostering equity and improvements in learning and enrichment for young people, and in the arts for everyone, named Robin Harris as Vice President of Communications. 

In her role as Vice President, Robin will oversee the growing communications team and its strategy. Her primary responsibilities will include building out the future of Wallace’s digital communications and platforms, build and sustain the foundation’s reputation and serve as a subject matter expert to and member of the leadership team.

Over the last 30 years, Robin Harris led communications teams and strategic initiatives for nonprofits and newsrooms alike. Prior to joining The Wallace Foundation, Robin was the Vice President of Strategic Communications at the Education Trust where she led a digital transformation for the organization focused on connecting the right audience with information that was applicable to their interests. In the first half of Robin’s career, she was a journalist reporting on education, and in the past decade she transitioned to working with nonprofit organizations in the education policy space.

With assets of roughly $1.7 billion, Wallace is one of the nation’s 75 largest independent, endowed foundations, and took shape four decades ago from the legacy of the founders of the Reader’s Digest Association. Over the past two decades, Wallace has contributed to elevating the importance of school principals along with strategies to support them, built understanding of the role of citywide intermediaries in expanding equitable access to high-quality afterschool programs, developed the gold standard for guidance on summer learning programs, and shed light on how arts organizations can better connect to their communities and draw in new audiences.

Wallace’s overall strategic framework for its multi-year initiatives recognizes the value of an interdisciplinary approach among program, research, and communications in enabling social progress. 

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