Harry was appointed as the Executive Director of LIAA in October 2015, following 11 years on LIAA's community planning team. Working with the Board of Directors, Harry helps to set the strategic direction and policies for the organization and leads the organization in corporate planning, project management, program design and development, and day-to-day operations.
Harry is responsible for developing and implementing a portfolio of local, regional and state-wide community development and planning projects, including LIAA’s Resilient Michigan Program. Harry has also established himself as one of the foremost authorities in Michigan for water trails and recreation authorities. In addition, his Trail Town planning efforts have resulted in collaborations with over 50 communities throughout the Midwest as well as the North Country Trail Association and National Main Street Program.
Harry is trained and certified by the American Institute for Certified Planners, the National Charrette Institute and the Form-Based Code Institute. Prior to joining LIAA in 2004, Harry earned a B.A. in Political Science from Western Michigan University and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from Michigan State University. Harry serves on the Board of Directors of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority and the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance (MTGA). Harry is also a member of the Michigan Sense of Place Council.