The Shenandoah Reports
Charlottesville City Councilman and Financial Magnate
As Portrayed By
Raymond Harris, 45, is the Managing Director at Fisher Lynch Capital, a private equity firm investing in venture capital funds, buyout funds, and co-investments with approximately $700 million under management and offices in San Mateo and Boston. He is also the CEO of Harris Bank, a regional financial institution providing personal and business banking products and services, with locations in MD, VA, and DC. He was Director of Private Equity for Stanford University from 2000 to 2006. Prior to that he held various positions at Stanford since 1982. Most recently, Forbes Magazine named him to its “Midas List”.
Mr. Harris and his wife, Michele, established the Harris Charitable Fund Program in 1999 after a decade of charitable giving to further their extensive philanthropic interests. With current assets in excess of $30M, the Foundation engages both in grantmaking and lobbying/advocacy activities in areas ranging from curing disease to eliminating weapons of mass destruction to cleaning up the air. The Foundation’s mission is: “We invest in causes where high-impact, leverageable activities can result in a safer and healthier world. Using whatever means are most effective, we work to solve significant problems and issues that place individuals, the world community, and the world itself at risk.”
As well-known Shenandoah Valley philanthropists, Raymond and Michele Harris were honored as “1999 Outstanding Philanthropists” by the Shenandoah Valley chapter of NSFRE. They were ranked #8 on the Slate 60, (an article portraying the largest American charitable contributions of 1999), and number 96 on the Worth Magazine list of the “100 Most Generous Americans” in 1999.
In addition to his charitable endeavors, Mr. Harris is active in political issues on a national and local level. Mr. Harris is a councilman for the City of Charlottesville and a member of the Endowment Management Committee for Saint Francis High School. He established the Center for Innovative Policies to pursue his commitment to sustainable energy and for educational reform. He participates actively in the lobbying activities of his foundation and his center.
Mr. Harris is a member of several nonprofit boards, including the Center for Nonprofit Excellence and The History Museum Center. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Ploughshares Fund, which is known as the “mutual fund for peace and security”, and on the Undergraduate Education Visiting Committee of the University of Virginia.
Mr. Harris earned a BA in History from Stanford University, and an MBA from the University of Virginia.