Jeff Morgan is an American businessman. He is best known for founding Global Heritage Fund (GHF), a non-profit organization that works internationally to preserve cultural heritage sites in the developing world. Since 2002, Morgan has served as GHF's Executive Director.
Morgan was born in Palo Alto, California to James C. Morgan, who served as CEO of Applied Materials for 26 years, and Becky Morgan, a former Republican California State Senator. Morgan grew up in Palo Alto and later attended Cornell University, where he earned a degree in urban and regional planning, and Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he earned a master's in management. He is married with three children. His oldest, Julien, will soon be in his last year of high school and his youngest, Sophie, is going into middle school. The middle one, Lucie, is starting high school.
Prior to founding GHF, Morgan worked as an international sales and marketing executive in software and network computing, including at Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems. He traveled extensively during this time, and lamented that in regions where increased tourism revenue could potentially yield the greatest benefits to local communities, there seemed to be a disregard for cultural heritage conservation.
Morgan founded GHF in 2002, and since then, the organization has invested over $20 million and secured $18 million in co-funding for 16 global heritage sites to ensure their sustainable preservation and responsible development. The organization, which works exclusively in the developing world, currently has conservation projects in Cambodia, China, Colombia, Guatemala, India, Iraq, Laos, Libya, Peru, and Turkey.
Morgan is co-author of two books: Cracking the Japanese Market: Keys to Success in the New Global Economy (Free Press, 1991) and Saving Our Global Heritage (GHF Press, 2004). He also serves on the advisory board of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR).