Harriett Crosby went to Putney School in Vermont, graduating in ’64, Pitzer College ’68, got a Master’s degree in psychology at Temple University ’74, trained at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland as a Jungian psychoanalyst and set up practice in Washington, D.C.
She taught pottery at the Putney School, kayaking and skiing at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School and was a mountaineering instructor at Colorado Outward Bound School. In 1982, she co-founded the Institute for Soviet American Relations (ISAR) which worked to improve Soviet American relations during the Cold War with people to people exchanges.
She pioneered citizen diplomacy, the early space bridges, and joint Soviet American mountain climbs before Reagan met Gorbachev. After the fall of the Iron Curtain, ISAR provided support for environmental activists and NGOs, building civil society in the republics of the former Soviet Union, in the openness of Glasnost.
During the Clinton administration, Harriett worked in the White House Office of Environmental Policy and with the President’s Council on Sustainable Development. She was bringing innovative thinkers, like David Brower, Father Thomas Berry, Amory Lovins, and Paul Hawkin into the Council on Environmental Quality for regular brown bag lunches and writing speeches for VP Al Gore.
She still serves actively on the boards of Friends of the Earth and the Institute of Noetic Sciences and Fox Haven Organic Farm and ecological retreat and learning center. She is working with both Congress and corporations like General Mills to get GMOs and pesticides out of our food, and providing an alternative to chemically intensive industrial agriculture at Fox Haven.