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Everett Harper

CEO of Truss

Everett Harper

Everett Harper is the CEO and Co-Founder of Truss, a digital services company that builds software solutions to solve complex problems for large government agencies and Fortune 500 corporate clients. Truss helped fix healthcare.gov in 2013, and modernized systems at Dept of Labor, USTRANSCOM, Dell, among others. Truss was named as an Inc 5000 fastest-growing US private company three consecutive years from 2020 through 2022. Everett focuses on growth, strategy and long-term vision. Everett is Chair of CARE’s People Committee and joined the Board in 2017.

Everett was an A.B. Duke Scholar at Duke University, majoring in biomedical and electrical engineering at Duke. He also won a NCAA National Championship in soccer, and was inducted into the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame in 2019. Everett graduated with an MBA and a M.Ed in Learning, Design and Technology from Stanford University.

Everett serves on the Boards of the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University, the Center for Applied Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Before founding Truss, he was in sales, marketing and strategy roles at Linden Lab (maker of Second Life), Self-Help CDFI, and Bain & Co.

Everett wrote his first book, Move to the Edge, Declare it Center (Wiley) in March 2022, to offer a new leadership framework to help leaders make great decisions on complex problems through times of uncertainty. His writing appears in publications such as the Business of Race (McGraw-Hill), Forbes, Information Week, and Thrive Global.

Everett has been a featured speaker at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Dent the Future Conference, Tugboat Institute, Legal Services Corp, O’Reilly Velocity Conference, as well as podcasts such as the Commonwealth Club.