William R. Harman has been an investor with VCFA since 2006 and joined as a Senior Advisor & LP in 2017. Mr. Harman has over fifty years of experience in the financial services and investment industries.
Mr. Harman is a former Managing Director of Morgan Stanley where he worked for 26 years. Following several years of corporate and securities law practice in New York, he joined Morgan Stanley as Secretary and General Counsel. He organized and managed the legal department of 40 professionals and chaired a number of financial services industry committees addressing legal and regulatory issues. Mr. Harman was active in advising the firm and its clients on legislative and regulatory developments which had significant impact on the financial markets, particularly in the areas of trade, taxation, energy, telecommunications, healthcare and financial services. Mr. Harman was also a consultant and worked with Tiger Management to help navigate potential regulation of hedge funds.
As a private investor, particularly in the healthcare field, Mr. Harman has been involved with several companies in cancer research. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of a bioinformatics company that focuses on rapid identification of infectious disease for healthcare providers and pharmaceutical companies.
Mr. Harman has been on the board of a number of not-for-profit institutions, including the National Archives Foundation, the American Council on Germany, the Hispanic Society Museum and Library, the Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton University, the Venter Institute and AMDeC, a consortium of 19 New York research hospitals. He currently serves on the investment committees of several foundations, including the American Society for Microbiology.
Mr. Harman is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Michigan Law School and served with the United States Marine Corps Reserves from 1966 to 1972.