Up and Doing
From Wall Street to Washington, A Life of Investing in A Better World
When everyone else says no, global development leader James Harmon says yes.
From an early age, Harmon was inspired by his father, who greeted him each morning with a line of poetry that would set the tone for his adult life:
“Let us, then, be up and doing, with a heart for any fate.”
—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “Psalm of Life”
Harmon’s professional journey begins in the 1970s, where he learns the value of patience and integrity as a young investment banker traveling across Europe to secure groundbreaking multinational deals. Despite the glamor and intrigue, Harmon maintains a sense of public service, applying lessons from the high-powered private sector to public service in New York City and Washington, DC, and eventually representing the State Department in Egypt shortly after the Arab Spring. Each stop reaffirms Harmon’s commitment to creating stable economies in support of international peace.
No matter where he is replanted, Harmon advocates for global change by examining the issues of our time, from women’s financial empowerment to the urgent need for a carbon-free future. His words encourage us all to embrace service in ways big and small, from helping a local community to electing a president or bolstering a developing nation.
Up and Doing tells the story of how a little risk combined with hard work can open worldwide opportunities and shows us all that the best way to do well is by doing good.