Donna Harris


Donna Harris is a fellow with Heartland Forward, an investor, technologist and serial entrepreneur whose work and investments have helped thousands of startups worldwide to grow and scale while solving some of our greatest challenges. She has been twice-recognized by Business Insider in The Seed 25 best female early-stage investors (2021, 2022) and she was named one of Washington DC’s Power 100 by both Washington Business Journal and Washington Life.

In addition to her role with Builders and Backers, Donna also is a General Partner in 1776 Ventures, a venture capital fund investing in more than 30 countries on five continents, and a Venture Partner at Praxis. She is also a prolific angel investor and cofounder of K Street Capital.

Previously, Donna was the Co-Founder of 1776, Managing Partner of 1776 Ventures, and Managing Director of the Startup America Partnership.

Today she serves as a board member of the Global Entrepreneurship Network and the National Center for Entrepreneurship, an Advisor to the Economic Innovation Group, and member of the APCO Worldwide International Advisory Council.