Howard Risher, PhD

Phone: 610.254.0975 // Cell: 484.557.4988 

Howard Risher is a Grahall Consultant focused on human resource issues. He works in all industries and at all levels, from executive compensation to supporting the renegotiation of labor contracts. His career has combined consulting, HR management, and research. He managed consulting practices for Mercer Consulting in Manhattan and The Wyatt Company in Washington and Philadelphia.  He also served as Director Compensation for Universal Health Services Inc, King of Prussia, PA; and early in his career for a conglomerate, I U International in Philadelphia.

He has provided analytical support to both management and employee organizations in contract negotiations.  Most recently the National Association of Postal Supervisors was a client in a case that went to factfinding.  

For 5 years he was the Editor, Compensation and Benefits Review, the prestigious journal of the compensation and benefits profession.  He also planned and managed conferences on leading edge HR issues for Wharton’s Center for Human Resources.

The books he has authored include:  1) It’s Time for High Performance Government: Strategies for Engaging and Energizing Public Employees (2016), 2) Primer on Total Compensation in Government (2016), 3) Planning Wage and Salary Programs published by (2009), and 4) Aligning Pay Results (1999) 

He holds a BA in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University, an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Business and Applied Economics, majoring in labor relations, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.