George Rogers Harris is a New Jersey native, accomplished former attorney and active civic leader.
George began his professional career with the United States Air Force in the Office of Judge Advocate General. After clerking for Federal Judge Reynier Wortendyke, Jr., he began his successful law practice, specializing in trust and estate law. In 1983, he became a senior partner with Booth, Bate, Hagoort, Keith and Harris, Attorneys and had a separate practice, Harris-Dickson, Attorneys-at-law, until his retirement in 1998.
Harris’ extensive work in civic and corporate leadership includes trustee of the Schumann Fund for New Jersey and the Montclair Art Museum and director of Chemical Bank New Jersey, N.A. and GWC Health, Inc.
Because of his passion for education excellence, George has served in numerous educational advisory roles including director of Excellent Education for Everyone and chairman of the Jackson Hole Institute and the Coalition for Educational Freedom. He was trustee and chair of the Montclair Kimberley Academy and trustee of the Teton Science School in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Harris took the helm of the Pike and Susan Sullivan Foundation in 2013 after the death of his longtime friend, Pike Sullivan, with a mission to enhance learning for at-risk and underserved students. He currently serves as the Pharos Foundation’s CEO.
George and his wife, Suzanne, have three children and seven grandchildren and live in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Adriana Murrietta currently serves as the Executive Director of the Pharos Foundation and has spent more than ten years working to improve education for Arizona students. A former director of multicultural community engagement at Expect More Arizona, Murrietta led the organization’s statewide outreach and mobilization efforts within the Hispanic and Native American communities and served as the spokesperson and point of contact for Spanish-speaking media.
Murrietta began her career in education as a member of the board of the Unitarian Universalist Early Education Cooperative Preschool in Paradise Valley. She later led the preschool as interim director, managing state compliance and deficiency elimination initiatives. Adriana expanded her role in education advocacy and policy as the operations and development manager at Stand for Children Arizona where she managed partnerships with Latino organizations, led volunteer outreach efforts and oversaw events and grant writing.
A proven leader in her community, Murrietta is a graduate of the Hispanic Leadership Institute and Valley Leadership and a founding board member of the Isac Amaya Foundation. She also serves as an advisory board member for All in Education, the Desert Botanical Garden and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona.
Murrietta resides in Phoenix with her two daughters and husband.