Harmon currently leads the National Talent Dividend initiative, a joint initiative of Living Cities and CEOs for Cities, to foster success among network cities to increase the post-secondary attainment among their residents. In that role she directs the National Talent Dividend Prize competition and the National Talent Dividend Network.
Harmon previously served as a senior research analyst at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) where she worked with minority-serving institutions on initiatives such as the Walmart Minority Student Success Initiative, Lumina Foundation Models of Success, TG and National College Access Network Supporting Best Practices in Student Success, and the IHEP Summer Academy.
Harmon brings experience as both a practitioner and researcher to the position. She has worked in student affairs administration at Hofstra University, the University of Michigan, and Western Illinois University. She also worked in Athletic Student Services at the University of Iowa in the retention program for under-prepared student athletes and other initiatives targeted at the success of student athletes of color.
Harmon has published research and articles on issues of minority student success in college specifically student athletes of color and she currently blogs for the Huffington Post. Harmon currently holds an adjunct teaching position at The University of Iowa through the department of distance education.
Harmon holds a B.A. in English, an M.A. in Student Affairs Administration and a Ph.D. in Higher Education with a minor in Athletic Administration from the University of Iowa. Additionally, Harmon has participated in higher education study tours to South Africa and Mexico to examine the global impact of higher education.