Shari Garmise
Vice President, Office of Urban Initiatives

P-12, Higher Ed

  • Low-income students
  • Mobility
  • Public universities
  • Urban education
  • Workforce development

Shari Garmise is vice president of the Office of Urban Initiatives for the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. She leads a national agenda around improving urban health and reducing health disparities; advancing student performance and improving human capital; and strengthening urban neighborhoods and communities. Key projects include the Transformational Planning Grants project, Urban Universities for HEALTH, a national study on holistic admissions, and ongoing research efforts on the foundational role of urban universities. Previously, she was vice president of knowledge management and development at the International Economic Development Association, assistant professor at Cleveland State University Levin College of Urban Affairs, and vice president of research for the Council of Urban Economic Development. She has also managed her own economic development consulting business and published “People and the Competitive Advantage of Place: Building a Workforce for the 21st Century,” as well as numerous articles in national and international publications. She received her doctorate from the London School of Economics.