Dr. Shari Garmise
Shari Garmise, Ph.D., has over 20 years of experience providing leadership at the intersection of workforce development, higher education and community and economic development. For the past ten years, she served as Senior Vice President, Office of Urban Initiatives for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and Executive Director for the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities where she led a national urban agenda. She just assumed a new position as Executive Director, Urban and Regional Impact at VCU.
Dr. Garmise published People and the Competitive Advantage of Place: Building a Workforce for the 21st Century, with M.E. Sharpe Publishers, as well as numerous articles in national and international publications on workforce and economic development throughout her career. Previous jobs include Vice President of the International Economic Development Council and Assistant Professor at Cleveland State University. She received her Ph.D. from the London School of Economics, her M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and her B.A. from Tufts University