SHEILA D. HARRIS
Dr. Harris has been involved in the development of affordable housing for over 30 years. She has taken a multi-disciplinary approach to her work and as a result has amassed significant knowledge and experience in the field.
Her employment career includes serving two Arizona Governors. She is the founding Director of the Arizona Department of Housing and Arizona Housing Finance Authority. During her nearly six-year tenure in those positions, she oversaw the financing of more than $1.5B in housing and community economic development.
In addition to her public service and work experience, Dr. Harris received her doctorate in Public Administration from Arizona State University. Her dissertation focused on the creation of affordable housing. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor’s degree from Ottawa University.
Dr. Harris has been very active in the community and has served on numerous boards and commissions including 12 years as a publicly elected school board member, former President of the Phoenix Chapter, and current Treasurer of Lambda Alpha International Honorary Society, and is a member of the Board of Stewards of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. She was appointed by then Chairman Greenspan as a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco where she served for six years (1999-2004) and served at Deputy Chair of the board for nearly two years. Dr. Harris was the first Arizonan to be chosen to serve on the head office board.
In 2011, she established Sheila D Harris Consulting Services and in that capacity she shares her expertise in housing and economic development activities. Activities include acquisition, rehabilitation, and development of multifamily and single-family developments, as well as consulting services for private sector, local, county, state and federal governments, and tribal entities.