Maya Harris has joined the Center for American Progress as a senior fellow. Before this, she served as a vice president and an officer of the board of trustees at the Ford Foundation.
Prior to that, she served as the American Civil Liberties Union’s executive director.
In her new role at CAP, Harris will work with the organization’s economic policy team, Project 2050, and the center’s new initiative, Fair Shot, to develop ideas new ideas “to harness the economic power of women and people of color and to lift these communities to the center of policy debates in Washington and around the country.”
“Maya has worked tirelessly in many different arenas to ensure that the United States is a more inclusive country and that all Americans can live up to their potential,” said Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress. “We are thrilled to have her join CAP’s team and look forward to working with her to ensure that women and communities of color are not just to getting by, but getting ahead.”
During her tenure at Ford, Harris led the Democracy, Rights and Justice program, a global effort that invests over $150 million annually in grants to promote effective governance, increase democratic participation and protect and advance human rights worldwide. She is the sister of Kamala Harris, the 32nd Attorney General of California.