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Bryan  Harris

Bryan Harris

Bryan Harris

Bryan joined Jackson Spalding in 2006 and wears many hats within the agency. He leads our issues management practice and is instrumental in driving efforts in the sports and higher education sectors. 

Through our crisis and issues management work, he helps manage our dedicated team of strategic crisis practitioners who assist our clients as they navigate tough situations that threaten their reputation and growth.  

On the sports side, he has led outreach for high-profile sports properties like the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, College Football Hall of Fame, ESPN/SEC Network, UGA Athletic Association, LakePoint Sports, Mizuno and others. He has also helped manage media relations for marquee events including the College Football Playoff National Championship, MLS All Star Game, Super Bowl LIII, U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and multiple PGA TOUR-sanctioned events (RSM Classic, TOUR Championship, Mitsubishi Electric Classic and Stadion Classic at UGA). 

As the son of an educator, Bryan takes particular pride in supporting our higher education clients like the University of Mississippi, University of Georgia, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Western Governors University, Berry College, Oglethorpe University and others. 

Bryan has guided complex public sector communications programs for clients including the Gwinnett County Government, Atlanta Public Schools, Midtown Connector Transportation Improvement Project and City of Roswell. He also provides strategic counsel for some of our key corporate accounts like Chick-fil-A, Publix, Cricket Wireless, TK Elevator, Urban One, Interstate Batteries, Coca Cola, Piedmont Healthcare, Primrose Schools and Google. 

Before joining our firm, Bryan was an account executive with a boutique agency, where he learned the ropes in media relations, special event planning, copywriting, photography, voice-over, design and overall communications management. Previously, he directed an adoption and family program for the University of Georgia’s Center for Continuing Education and the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Office of Adoptions. 

Bryan grew up in Athens, Ga. where he could be found most days on the baseball diamond, golf course or football field. He attended Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala., where he was a member of their nationally-ranked golf team before transferring to The University of Georgia to finish school. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Sports Studies with a minor in mass communications and a master’s from UGA’s Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication with an emphasis in political communication. He is still involved at UGA, where he helped launch their sports media institute and has served as an adjunct professor since 2012, teaching a class each fall on sports communications. Bryan is a past chair of the Grady Society Alumni Board and now serves on the Grady College Board of Trust. He is a leader in the Atlanta sports community and serves on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Sports Council. 

Bryan is also active in his hometown of Athens, where he serves on the boards of the Mercy Health Center and Extra Special People. 

In his free time, he enjoys traveling, playing golf, and attending any sporting event that involves his beloved Georgia Bulldogs. Bryan and his wife Ashlea have their hands full with two children, Hannon and Kyle Grace. Ashlea says that Bryan knows a little about everything, and she hopes he cashes in one day by betting it all in Final Jeopardy.