Jim Harris

BS’74, Agricultural Journalism

Harris served as president and CEO of the International Crane Foundation until 2006, when he stepped down to spend more time on conservation projects overseas. Now a vice president for the organization, he is particularly focused on projects in China, where six of the country’s eight crane species are threatened by human development pressures. Harris believes that a narrow view of conservation too often pits people and wildlife in conflict. His work focuses on communicating the local benefits of conservation, allowing stakeholders to become allies.