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Tracy Harris

Chief Financial Officer

UMUC Ventures

Washington, DC, USA

Tracy Harris
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Financial Services Capital Partners LLP
Andrew Hawes
Mentzendorff & Co Ltd

Tracy Harris’ Biography

Tracy Harris continuously earns the respect of stakeholders, using finance as a platform for understanding how an organization functions and how its parts work together. With this perspective, she provides a broad, holistic approach to solving problems, anticipating the future and guiding critical decisions. Known for keen insight into identifying risks and asking difficult questions, Tracy maintains a fiduciary mindset and framework for the organization’s success.

Currently, Tracy is CFO for the venture fund that invests in education technology companies for the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMUC). In its nascent stage, she developed the infrastructure and crafted the financial and business strategy that led to the successful identification and investment in portfolio companies. Within a year, she led the profitable sale of a key investment.

Previously, Tracy served as CFO for several diverse organizations where finance provided a platform for overall performance of the operations and long-term viability, including startup BondFactor, the American Institute of Architects and engineering firm Delon Hampton & Associates. With a common thread of project finance, Tracy provided leadership for financing facilities, raising startup capital and preparing and marketing a company for sale.

Tracy has been a Governance Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) since 2014 and was the first recipient of the Washington Business Journal’s Financial Excellence Award in 2007. She is sought out for her governance perspective and financial acumen by numerous Boards, including CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield and her appointment by the Mayor as Trustee & Audit Committee Chair of the District of Columbia Retirement Board.

Tracy completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School after earning an MPA from the University of Pennsylvania, MBA from St. Louis University and BS in Marketing from Fontbonne University.

Tracy Harris’ Background

UMUC Ventures
Chief Financial Officer
Nov 2019 - Present
Bethesda, MD, USA
UMUC Ventures was established in 2016 by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents as a nonprofit supporting organization for UMUC. It is a certified High-Impact Economic Development Activity that economically benefits both the state and the system.
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BondFactor
CFO
Sep 2011 - Nov 2019
New York, NY, USA
BondFactor is a provider of municipal bond guaranties in the United States. Its aim is to deliver superior value for their clients and investors without sacrificing stability or transparency.
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Tracy Harris’ Gallery

Current Board Positions

Carefirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
Board of Directors
Oct 2020 - Present
Baltimore, MD, USA
CareFirst, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit healthcare company that, through its affiliates and subsidiaries, offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to 3.4 million individuals and employers in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Northern Virginia..
District of Columbia Retirement Board
Board of Trustees, Audit Committee Chair
Apr 2019 - Present
Washington, DC, USA
The District of Columbia Retirement Board manages investments for the DC Police Officers and Fire Fighters’ Retirement Fund and the DC Teachers’ Retirement Fund. It also manages $9 billion in assets for the District of Columbia.
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Previous Board Positions

Financial Women's Association
Directorships & Corporate Governance Committee
New York, NY, USA
Established in 1956, the FWA is a nonprofit with over 1,000 members worldwide. The goal of the organization is to provide programs for members to share ideas and increase their knowledge on a range of important issues, including social concerns, financial issues, political issues, and technology.
Women in Technology
Board of Directors
Falls Church, VA, USA
With over 1000 members, Women in Technology (WIT) promotes opportunities for women in technology through a variety of leadership development, technology education, networking, and mentoring opportunities.
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Media

National Arts Strategies
Treasurer
Jan 2011
Washington, DC, USA
In these videos for National Arts Strategies, Tracy Harris discusses a range of topics, including investing, leadership, and funding for the arts & sciences.

Publications

65th International Astronautical Congress 2014
Contributing Author
Jan 2014
Washington, DC, USA
This article discusses the endless possibilities for space exploration after the historic event of Voyager I traveling outside our solar system. Voyager I was the first probe to go interstellar, and this article outlines what that means for interstellar travel and for mankind.
Design Principles and Practices Journal
Co-author
Jun 2011
Champaign, IL, USA
This article, published in Design Principles and Practices, discusses the advances that the success of the international space station now allows space scientists, engineers, policymakers, elected officials, and others to explore. After more than 10 years of experiments, the article says, humankind now possesses sufficient knowledge about sustaining human life in outer space.

Memberships

Global Board Ready Women
Member
Mill Valley, CA, USA
The Global Board Ready Women group provides executive search firms and boards with a list of successful, board-qualified women ready to handle the responsibilities of a board appointment.
National Association of Corporate Directors
Governance Fellow
Arlington, VA, USA
The National Association of Corporate Directors provides board members with practical insights through world-class education, leading research, and a growing network of directors. The NACD is the recognized authority on leading boardroom practices.

Awards & Endorsements

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Harvard Business School
Ralph and Janice James Fellowship
2010
Cambridge, MA, USA
Harvard Business School is ranked among the top business schools in the world. It offers a full-time MBA program, doctoral programs, and executive education programs.
Washington Business Journal
Financial Excellence Award
2007
Washington, DC, USA
The Washington Business Journal features local business news about Washington, D.C. Its Financial Excellence Award recognizes industry leaders in the Washington D.C. area.
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Specialist Courses

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Women in Technology
Leadership Foundry
2015
Falls Church, VA, USA
The Leadership Foundry program is a nine-month program that includes an intensive board training class conducted by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Its focus is to help participants develop the core competencies needed to serve on a corporate board.

Training & Management Courses

Harvard Kennedy School
Women and Power | Executive Program
2013
Cambridge, MA, USA
Women and Power is a one-week executive program that focuses on teaching effective leadership strategies, with an emphasis on creating successful alliances and enduring partnerships.
Harvard Business School
General Management Program
2010
Cambridge, MA, USA
The General Management Program (GMP) accelerates this leadership transition by blending full-time, personalized learning with practical application on the job — maximizing an individual's learning and their return on investment.
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Tracy Harris’ Education

University of Pennsylvania, Fels Institute of Government
Master of Public Administration, Government
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