Chuck Harris

Special Advisor

Chuck serves as a Special Advisor to Blue Meridian Partners, providing strategic input to the Investor Relations team and overall operations, fundraising, and governance. Outside of this role, Chuck continues to explore ways to be most effective in the philanthropic sector.

Before transitioning to Advisor in February 2021, Chuck served as Blue Meridian’s Chief Development Officer, and prior to that as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer. Having helped to launch Blue Meridian from its inception, he provided the leadership necessary to build the initial partnership structure and steward Blue Meridian’s relationships with philanthropists. He spearheaded continuous fundraising, allowing Blue Meridian to become an independent 501 c3 in 2018 and raise over $2B in investable capital by 2020. He helped hone a pooled funding method that pulls insight and tactics from the best models in both the private and public sectors. Chuck’s work and advisement was key in establishing Blue Meridian’s capital aggregation and investing approach, pioneering a new, sustainable model of philanthropic giving.

Prior to joining Blue Meridian, he served as Portfolio Manager and Director of Capital Aggregation for the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation (EMCF), where he managed relationships with various grantees and oversaw the Foundation’s capital aggregation activities. Previously, Chuck co-founded and served for five years as Executive Partner of SeaChange Capital Partners, a financial intermediary designed to enhance the flow of capital to outstanding nonprofits serving children and youth in low-income communities in the United States. Chuck also spent 23 years in the banking business before retiring in 2002 from his position as a Partner and Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, where he served as co-head of the East Coast High Technology Group in the firm’s Investment Banking Division and as co-head of Corporate Finance in the Americas.

Chuck has served extensively on the boards of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations as well as privately held and publicly traded for-profit corporations. Additionally, he has spoken broadly on the role of capital formation in advancing social change.

Chuck is a graduate of Harvard College and holds a master’s degree in finance from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.