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1776 Announces Donna Harris’s New Role


Washington, D.C. – Today, 1776 announced that cofounder Donna Harris is stepping away from her role as co-CEO in order to pursue additional opportunities. She will remain active in the company as a member of the board and partner in the fund.

We’re incredibly excited for Harris’s next adventure and proud of the work we have achieved under her joint leadership with Evan Burfield as 1776 cofounders and co-CEOs over the past three years. Burfield remains at the helm of 1776 as CEO and will guide the organization into its fourth year with growth around the globe.

Please read Harris’s op-ed about her next steps here.

About 1776

1776 is a public benefit corporation that scouts and funds high-growth startups around the world focused on solving society’s most fundamental challenges in sectors like education, energy, transportation and financial services. Launched by cofounders Donna Harris and Evan Burfield and headquartered in Washington, D.C., with additional campuses in Dubai, New York City and San Francisco, 1776 serves hundreds of startups and institutions worldwide through its innovation curriculum, mentorship, investment and programming. It hosts more than 500 international events per year that attract heads of state, Fortune 500 CEOs, influential investors and global press. For more information, please visit and follow @1776 on Twitter and @1776vc on Instagram.