Harrison Schmitt

Placed Leader

Harrison Schmitt

Director of Programs
Pacific Whale Foundation

January 29, 2020

Koya Leader Partners is pleased to announce the placement of Harrison Schmitt as Director of Programs of Pacific Whale Foundation.

Harrison is a senior-level manager, government affairs advisor and communications strategist with a 20-year track record of securing measurable results for high-demand nonprofits, elected officials and philanthropic foundations. He is also passionate about building, mentoring and managing high-performing teams that embody diversity and inclusion as core values.

Prior to joining Pacific Whale Foundation, Harrison served as the Vice President of Programs and Strategy at Western Resource Advocates in Boulder, CO where he developed growth plans that aligned the organization’s vision and culture to leverage changes in climate, water, and public lands policy. He also served as the Government Affairs Director for the Environmental Defense Fund’s Oceans Program in Austin, TX. There, Harrison collaborated with coastal communities to advance science-based fishery management strategies in the Gulf of Mexico.

Harrison is passionate about the outdoors and can frequently be found cycling, mountain biking, hiking and swimming.