Bios

Jane Harman is President of the Harman Family Foundation and a former member of the US Congress, to which she was elected in 1992 representingCalifornia‘s 36th Congressional district. Prior to her election, Harman worked as an attorney, served as deputy secretary to the Cabinet in the Carter White House, and was special counsel to the Department of Defense. She began her career on Capitol Hill as chief counsel and staff director for the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights. A senior member of the Homeland Security Committee, Harman was a frequent critic of the administration’s post-war Iraq policy and has advocated for a post 9/11 legal framework that would inform policy on detentions, interrogations, and the surveillance of American citizens. In early 2011 she left Congress to become President and CEO of the Wilson Center for International Studies. A graduate of Los Angeles public schools, Harman received her BA fromSmith College and JD from Harvard Law School.

Barbara Harman is Executive Director of the Harman Family Foundation, and President and Editor of the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington. The Catalogue, which has won eight Wilmer Shields Rich Awards from the Council on Foundations for Excellence in Communications, annually features some of the best nonprofit organizations in the metropolitan Washington region, and has helped raise over $18 million. Ms. Harman is a member of the Board of the Actors’ Shakespeare Project in Boston  and a Trustee of the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington,DC. She is Professor Emerita at Wellesley College, where she taught English, and wrote numerous essays and books on Renaissance and Victorian subjects, for twenty-five years. She received her BA from Tufts University and her MA and PhD degrees from Brandeis University.

Megan Quitkin is Director of International and New York Programs at the Harman Family Foundation. In this role she will facilitate education and empowerment opportunities for New York City’s most disenfranchised populations and lead the Foundation’s new human rights and gender equity work in developing nations. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Quitkin was the Senior Vice-President of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation where she directed initiatives to improve agriculture and food security in sub-Saharan Africa. She also served as the Program and Publications Manager at the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria , a Program Officer at the Prospect Hill Foundation, and has consulted on a variety of development projects for the Nike Foundation, McKinsey & Company, and Planned Parenthood. As a journalist, she has covered topics including gender based violence, infectious disease, and human trafficking. She holds a BA from Princeton University and an MPH from Columbia University.

Nancy Swartz is Grants and Operations Manager for the Harman Family Foundation (where she has worked for the last decade) and Managing Editor of the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington.  Swartz began her career as Associate Producer for Special Projects and The Good Day Show at the ABC affiliate, WCVB-TV, Channel 5 in Boston from 1980 – 1986.  As General Manager for Century III Teleproductions Digital Images Division (1986 – 1990), she managed a staff of full time and freelance broadcast designers. A partner with Katz & Company from 1990 – 1995, she worked with CBS-Inc. to customize all CBS affiliate television stations graphics and music. At LoConte Goldman Design, a broadcast design firm in Boston, she was Business Manager from 1995 – 2001.  A graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Swartz has been a board member of the Needham Education Foundation; the Needham Friends of Music; and the Catalogue for Philanthropy, as well as a longstanding volunteer in her community.

*Founder and former President of the Harman Family Foundation, Sidney Harman, died on April 12, 2011, less than four months short of his 93rd year. He was Founder and Chairman of Harman International Industries, a leading manufacturer of high-quality audio products for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. A pioneer in the high-fidelity industry, his innovative “quality of working life” programs have become the standard for such programs in the American workplace. A fellow of the AmericanAcademy of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Harman was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Aspen Institute and the Shakespeare Theatre, and trustee Emeritus of the Carter Center.  A graduate of Baruch College of the City University of New York, he founded the Harman Writer in Residence program there.  He also held the first Judge Robert Widney Professorship in Business at the University of Southern California where he founded the  USC Sidney Harman Academy of Polymathic Study. Dr. Harman become the owner of Newsweek in the summer of 2010 and merged it with the Daily Beast several months later. He was co-author, with Daniel Yankelovich, of Starting With the People (Houghton Mifflin) and the author of Mind Your Own Business (Currency/Doubleday). Washington DC’s  Sidney Harman Hall is named in his honor.