Harvey is a native Arizonan born in the copper mining town of Morenci. He went to school in Phoenix and graduated from Occidental College with honors. He and his wife, Julie, established their counseling and training business, Center for Human Potential, in 1989. They moved from Scottsdale to the Verde Valley in 1995 and established their nonprofit, Cornucopia Community Advocates, in 2000.
Harvey has four adult children living in Arizona and Colorado, and Julie has four adult children living in Arizona and the state of Washington. Together, they have 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Harvey’s 40-year career of community service includes work in the criminal justice system, the behavioral health system, juvenile delinquency prevention, state and regional planning, integrative medicine, grant writing and community resource development. He utilized those skills in founding the Verde Food Council in February 2009.
In 2008, he attended a lecture in Prescott by Linda Haman of DES entitled “Ending Child Hunger in Arizona.” He was surprised to hear that child hunger was a growing problem. He wondered how hungry children and their families received assistance, so he visited food banks in the Verde Valley and learned how they operated. He saw that they experienced longer lines of food insecure clients, and that they needed extra community support.
He gathered key leaders representing the various sectors of the agricultural and emergency food resources in the Verde Valley and asked them to find solutions to the challenge of hunger. The Verde Food Council was born and continues its vital work today to develop resources, not only for our hungry neighbors but also for attaining food security for all Verde Valley residents.