Justin Harlan joined the Tulsa Remote team in April 2021 as the Chief Operating Officer and was named the Managing Director in December 2021. In his role, he guides the daily operations of the Tulsa Remote staff, supports the community team, oversees the new member application process and member experiences. Under his leadership, the program has welcomed over 1,500 remote workers to the city, who contributed over $60 million to the Tulsa GDP in 2021 alone. Tulsa Remote was recently highlighted on Fast Company’s list of Most Innovative Companies in the world, in the Not-For-Profit category.
Justin has dedicated his career to educational equity and entrepreneurialism. He launched his career with Teach For America-Oklahoma when it opened in Tulsa in 2009, and quickly rose through the organization as it expanded across the state. In his various roles, Justin raised more than $7.5 million for Teach For America and secured funding from the State of Oklahoma. Justin also managed operations for the Teach For America Oklahoma City Institute, which trained more than 260 teachers, staffed over 100 people, and provided free summer school to more than 2,000 students.
After seven years with Teach For America, he served as Senior Executive Director for Reading Partners Tulsa. During his three and a half years at Reading Partners, the organization worked with over 5,000 Tulsa area students, annually engaging over 1,500 community volunteers each program year, helping young readers gain the foundational skills they need the most to be successful in school and life.
Justin earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration from the University of Tulsa. He was a founding board member for Collegiate Hall College Prep Charter School in Tulsa. Justin and his wife Megan have two children, Landon and Payton, and run two fitness studios in Tulsa – Pure Barre South Tulsa and Row House South Tulsa.