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Gerald Harris-Quantum Planning Group
Summary Professional Bio—January 2015
Gerald Harris is the president of the Quantum Planning Group, which he founded in 2010. His company specializes in assisting businesses and non-profit organizations in a wide range of strategic planning tasks including: scenario development, focused research and analysis, leadership team facilitation and writing planning documents. He is an expert in helping teams and organizations manage risk and uncertainty using tools of economic analysis and scenarios to move from strategy formulation to implementation plans.
Most recently Gerald has been the lead consultant on a multi-year scenario analysis project for the Western Electric Coordinating Council (WECC). WECC is responsible for electric reliability and electric transmission planning for the Western Interconnection of the United States. From 2011through 2014, Gerald led a team of six consultants in providing scenario analysis for the Scenario Planning Steering Group (SPSG) created by WECC. The SPSG was composed of over 20 representatives from the electric power industry, private transmission and generation companies, related NGOs and energy industry regulators.
From 1993 to 2008 Gerald served as a senior consultant with Global Business Network (GBN) where he became an expert in scenario analysis. GBN merged with the Monitor Group which is now a part of Deloitte Consulting. While with GBN, Gerald worked with a wide range of organizations in the business community and non-profit sector applying the tools of scenario analysis. He was a lead consultant for many of GBN's electric utility industry scenario projects and is a published expert in this area. A partial list of organizations Gerald has led scenario development projects includes the following: Kennecott Utah Copper, Chevron, Iberdrola (Spain), Vattenfall (Sweden), Pertamina (Indonesia), TXU (Texas Utilities), Monsanto, Xstrata, BHP Petroleum (Australia),The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the California Energy Commission, and the Electric Power Research Institute.
Gerald’s work outside the corporate sector has included working with non-governmental organizations in community development, regionalism, environmental policy, and public education. A partial list of organizations he has worked with include: The Schott Foundation for Public Education, the Public Education Network, The Nature Conservancy, The Chicago Urban League, The MacArthur Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation, and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.
Prior to joining GBN, Gerald spent 13 years at Pacific Gas and Electric Company, northern California's largest utility. As director of business planning for the engineering and construction division, he was responsible for providing strategic and business planning services to a 4700-person business unit. He started at PG&E in the Corporate Finance Department where he specialized in project and asset based financing. Before joining PG&E, Gerald was a financial analyst in the international project finance group at Bechtel Corporation.
Gerald received a BA in economics from Morehouse College, where he graduated magna cum laude and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a MBA in finance and business economics from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Gerald is an especially skilled facilitator, having trained with Interaction Associates, and based on his international experience and work across a wide range of industries and issues.
Gerald is the author of, The Art of Quantum Planning, Seven Ideas from Quantum Physics for Breakthroughs in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership, which was published by Berrett-Koehler Publishing in August, 2009. In June, 2013 his article, “A continuous-learning process that updates and enhances planning scenarios,” was published in Strategy & Leadership (and Emerald Insight publication). In December, 2014 Strategy & Leadership published his article, “Four Blind Alleys of Scenario Analysis.”
Gerald has been an active volunteer serving as a Board member or Trustee for several organizations. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Hoffman Institute Foundation (Hoffmaninstitute.org). He also currently serves as the Chair of the Science and Technology member-led –forums group for the Commonwealth Club of California (headquartered in San Francisco, CA). Gerald is a single father with two adult sons. He lives in San Francisco, CA.
Further information about Gerald and the Quantum Planning Group can be found at www.artofquantumplanning.com.
Services Gerald Harris provides:
Partial List of Past Clients: Kennecott Utah Copper, The Nature Conservancy, Chevron Corporation, TXU Corporation, The California Energy Commission, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Schott Foundation for Public Education, Iberdrola (Spain), Electricité de France, BHP (Australia), the US EPA and others.
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“Our business plan was stalled and we could not have gotten it completed without your counsel and assistance. Your gentle encouragement and persistence was so appreciated. Your ability to succinctly summarize our goals and objectives was a catalyst for discussion and consensus. Your ability to work with a very strong group of personalities, allowing everyone to feel heard and have input was what led to this being a positive and successful process.”—Emily Blanck, Executive Director, Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa.