Harris Strategies

Emily Harris is Principal of Harris Strategies, LLC, and serves as a consultant to the Presidents’ Council for Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy and other philanthropies and non-profit organizations, providing strategy, program design and disability inclusion services. She was the founding Executive Director of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership, the nation’s first disability civic leadership program. As a Senior Director at the Chicago Community Trust she led the Disabilities Fund and ADA 25 Chicago. As Vice President of Metropolis Strategies, she led programs focused on regional economic growth, open space conservation, early childhood education, and served as Executive Director of the Burnham Plan Centennial.

Emily serves on the Forest Preserves of Cook County Conservation and Policy Council, the Leadership Greater Chicago Fellows Association Board, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning Economic Development Committee, the LISC Chicago Advisory Board, and is President-elect of Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation of Evanston (JRC). She has a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.A. from the University of Chicago. Emily’s experience is informed by her hearing loss, and she is a proud member of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership.

Areas of Expertise: Development, Marketing/PR, Organizational Development/Human Resources, Program Development, Public Policy

Interests: Disability Rights, Other, Sports & Recreation