is principal of Verna Harrison Associates, LLC, a consulting and philanthropic advising firm, specializing in organizational development and resource protection with an emphasis on clean water.
Between 2003-2014, as the first Executive Director of The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment, she guided the establishment of the Foundation, managing the development and execution of its $65 million grantmaking in the Chesapeake region. She was co-founder and co-chair of the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network.
For the previous 20 years she served as Assistant Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, with responsibility for Maryland’s Forest, Park and Wildlife Service, Natural Resources Police, Maryland Environmental Trust, and Tidewater Administration. During that period, she had lead responsibility for state-wide coordination/implementation of the Chesapeake Bay Program for three Maryland Governors and managed the multi-state process at the Cabinet level for many years.
Earlier in her career she was Assistant Legislative Officer for the Governor of Maryland, Legislative Officer of the Maryland Department of Transportation, and staff of the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.
She is proud to be the recipient of numerous leadership awards and is a Board member of the Chesapeake Conservancy, Chesapeake Commons, Chesapeake Bay Program Citizen Advisory Committee, MD League of Conservation Voters and a previous board member of the Harry Hughes AgroEcology Center,.