Greg Harris was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, in December 2012. He joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in 2008, and oversaw development, special events, membership, board relations and government affairs. He has been a driving force behind growing the Museum's philanthropic support and was a key figure in fundraising, planning and execution of the successful 2009 and 2012 Hall of Fame Induction Weeks.
Before joining the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Harris spent 14 years at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., where he advanced from curating the Hall of Fame Library and Archives broadcast collection to serving as vice president of development. During his tenure, he helped build a strong national network of donors and sponsors and represented the institution in Washington, D.C..
Harris's passion for music made the opportunity to shift from baseball to rock and roll an incredibly compelling choice. In the 1980s, he and a partner founded, owned and operated the Philadelphia Record Exchange, a retail store that specializes in selling rare, used and independent records. The store mirrored and amplified his love of rock, R&B, soul, blues, country, punk, rockabilly and other musical genres. He also served as a road manager for a nationally touring group and played bad guitar in garage bands.
Harris holds a B.A. degree in history from Temple University and a master’s degree from the Cooperstown Graduate Program for History and Museum Studies. He is active in the Northeast Ohio community and a 2010 graduate of Leadership Cleveland. He serves on the Board of the Positively Cleveland and the Great Lakes Science Center.