R. Ross Harris, Executive Director

Ross Harris is a Greensboro native and graduate of Duke University, where she also earned her MBA

Julia Robinson, Project Manager

Julia Robinson is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a B.A. in Elementary Education.  

Ross Harris is the Executive Director of NCIOPL. A Greensboro native and graduate of Duke University, where she also earned her MBA, Ross began her career at the Leo Burnett Company in Chicago. There she rose through the ranks to VP, working on some of the world’s most recognized brands, including the Kellogg, Pillsbury, Green Giant, McDonald’s and Philip Morris accounts. While the majority of her time was spent in Chicago, she did a tour in the Taipei, Taiwan office for the agency. Next, a move to the client side also brought a welcome move back home to North Carolina, with an offer from Burlington Industries to be Divisional VP to help steer the Lees Carpet brand. She joined Trone in 1999 and started her own business marketing and communications company, The Harris Partners, in 2007.

Ross has extensive experience as both a campaign manager and political strategist in partisan, nonpartisan, and referendum campaigns in North Carolina. Ross is well-known in the Triad area for her recent work as Project Manager for the Steven Tanger Performing Arts Center, a two-year initiative that involved input from the entire Greensboro community. Her efforts included development, City Council approval, and community support for the project.

Ross loves playing golf and spending time with the love of her life, Henry, her miniature poodle. A former President of the Duke University Alumni Association and a former member of the University’s Board of Trustees, she’s a Blue Devil basketball fanatic. She’s still involved at Duke, volunteering primarily with the Duke Cancer Institute and the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center. She’s just as passionate about her hometown, with significant involvement with the Greensboro Day School, the Greensboro Rotary Club, Hospice Foundation of Greensboro, Cone Health Foundation,  the UNC-G School of Nursing Advisory Board, the Greensboro Sports Council, the Tournament Host Committee of Greensboro, and First Presbyterian Church.

Ross was named an Honorary Fellow of the Institute in December 2015.

Julia is the Project Manager for NC IOPL. She has worked in the travel and property management industries since graduation, and most recently, was the Executive Administrative Associate at Senn Dunn/MMA Insurance.

She is very involved in Greensboro Community, serving on the Carolina Theatre Board, Canterbury School Parents Association, various volunteer roles at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, and the girl’s field hockey coach at Page High School.  She is married to her husband Jay, and they have two college-aged children.