Jonathan Harris

Associate Research Director

Jonathan Harris is the Associate Research Director with the NACo County Innovations Lab. He initially joined NACo in January 2015. Jonathan works on a wide range of research projects, and has authored or coauthored NACo reports on the opioid epidemic, affordable housing, state revenue limitations and mandates, service sharing, early childhood development, the gig economy and top county challenges. He also serves as NACo’s liaison to the International Economic Development Task Force.

Jonathan holds a M.A. in Integral Economic Development Policy from The Catholic University of America and a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Eastern University. Previously, Jonathan worked as a research and teaching assistant at Catholic University and taught English in Nicaragua.

More from Jonathan Harris


Stronger Counties. Stronger America.

About NACo

The National Association of Counties (NACo) strengthens America’s counties, serving nearly 40,000 county elected officials and 3.6 million county employees.  Founded in 1935, NACo unites county officials to:

  • Advocate county priorities in federal policymaking
  • Promote exemplary county policies and practices
  • Nurture leadership skills and expand knowledge networks
  • Optimize county and taxpayer resources and cost savings, and
  • Enrich the public’s understanding of county government.


Strengthen America’s counties.


Healthy, safe and vibrant counties across America.