William HARRIS

Space Center HoustonPresident & CEO

William T. Harris is the President and CEO of Space Center Houston and the Manned Space Flight Education Foundation, the nonprofit science and space learning center. With approximately 400 employees and contractors, Space Center Houston is the No. 1 international attraction in the greater Houston area, generating a $118.1 million annual economic impact. A dynamic science and engineering learning destination, the nonprofit is a Smithsonian Affiliate, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, a Certified Autism Center and was named “Best Museum in Texas” by USA Today. Joining the foundation and center in April 2016, Harris has more than 35 years in nonprofit leadership and fundraising experience, including senior positions at museums and universities. Harris previously was at the California Science Center Foundation as senior vice president of development and marketing, overseeing all external affairs including board relations, campaigns, annual and membership programs, public funding, marketing and communications. Harris was a leader on the team to bring the space shuttle Endeavour to the California Science Center, including its funding, promotion, transport, communications, marketing and exhibit opening. He is a member of the board of directors and executive committee of the Association of Science Technology Centers (ASTC), for which he chairs the board Equity and Diversity Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and Grants Committee for the QueensCare Charitable Foundation.