George Rogers Harris
CEO, Pharos Foundation
George Rogers Harris
George Rogers Harris is a New Jersey native, accomplished former attorney and active civic leader.
George began his professional career with the United States Air Force in the Office of Judge Advocate General. After clerking for Federal Judge Reynier Wortendyke, Jr., he began his successful law practice, specializing in trust and estate law. In 1983, he became a senior partner with Booth, Bate, Hagoort, Keith and Harris, Attorneys and had a separate practice, Harris-Dickson, Attorneys-at-law, until his retirement in 1998.
Harris’ extensive work in civic and corporate leadership includes trustee of the Schumann Fund for New Jersey and the Montclair Art Museum and director of Chemical Bank New Jersey, N.A. and GWC Health, Inc.
Because of his passion for education excellence, George has served in numerous educational advisory roles including director of Excellent Education for Everyone and chairman of the Jackson Hole Institute and the Coalition for Educational Freedom. He was trustee and chair of the Montclair Kimberley Academy and trustee of the Teton Science School in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Harris took the helm of the Pike and Susan Sullivan Foundation in 2013 after the death of his longtime friend, Pike Sullivan, with a mission to enhance learning for at-risk and underserved students. He currently serves as the Pharos Foundation’s CEO.
George and his wife, Suzanne, have three children and seven grandchildren and live in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Executive Director, Pharos Foundation
For nearly two decades, Adriana Murrietta has been a tireless leader in improving
education outcomes for Arizona students. As the executive director of the Pharos
Foundation, Murrietta spearheaded the organization’s involvement with valley
nonprofits, chambers of commerce, universities, and district and charter schools to fund
innovative education strategies and identify key education leaders. Her work has been
recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal and Valle del Sol with the coveted 40
Under 40 and Exemplary Leadership awards.
Prior to her work with the Pharos Foundation, Murrietta was the former director of
multicultural community engagement at Expect More Arizona. There, she led the
organization’s statewide outreach and mobilization efforts within the Hispanic and
Native American communities and served as the spokesperson and point of contact for
Murrietta began her career in education as a board member of the Unitarian Universalist
Early Education Cooperative Preschool in Paradise Valley. She later managed the
school as interim director, overseeing state compliance and deficiency elimination
initiatives. Adriana expanded her role in education advocacy and policy as the
operations and development manager at Stand for Children Arizona where she
managed partnerships with Latino organizations, led volunteer outreach efforts, and
oversaw events and grant writing.
As an active and engaged member of her community, Murrietta serves as an advisory
board member for ALL in Education, Arizona Leads, the Desert Botanical Garden, and
The Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation. She is a Pahara Fellow, a graduate of the
Hispanic Leadership Institute and Valley Leadership and a founding board member of
the Isac Amaya Foundation. Adriana resides in Phoenix with her husband, two
daughters and three adorable pets.