Maya Harris Biography
Maya Harris (Maya Lakshmi Harris) is an American lawyer, public policy advocate, and television commentator born on 30th January 1967 in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, U.S. She is a political analyst for MSNBC. She was a Senior Policy Advisor to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and helped in shaping Clinton’s domestic policy agenda.
Harris practiced law as a civil litigator after she graduated from Law School. She also taught law school as an adjunct professor at U.C. Hastings College of the Law and Lincoln Law School of San Jose while in private practice.
At the age of 29, she became one of the nation’s youngest law school deans after Lincoln’s Board of Trustees recruited. As Dean, Harris recruited new faculty, revamped the core curriculum, renewed the school’s state bar accreditation, and moved and upgraded the law school campus.
She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the board of the Apollo Theater Foundation. She also serves as co-chair of the Women’s Media Center.
Maya Harris Age
Maya was born on 30th January 1967 in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, U.S. (51 years old as of 2018)Maya Harris Photo
Maya Harris Education
Maya graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. In the same year, she enrolled in Stanford Law School where she was active with the East Palo Alto Community Law Project, serving as Co-Coordinator of the Domestic Violence Clinic and Co-Chair of the Student Steering Committee. She graduated with a law degree with honors
Maya Harris Family
Maya was born to an Indian mother, Dr. Shyamala Gopalan Harris (1938–2009) and a Jamaican father, Donald Harris
Maya Harris Mother
Maya’s mother Dr. Shyamala Gopalan Harris was a breast cancer researcher, who emigrated from Chennai, India, in 1960. Maya once said in an interview that her mother influenced her a lot as she accomplished a lot in her field yet she was always activist helping others.
“My mom was an extraordinary force of nature. She was accomplished in her field, yet always the activist helping others, whether women who were disproportionately impacted by breast cancer or students trying to get financial aid. Her example and her core values made a very deep impression on me, and my sister.”
Maya Harris Father
Her father Donald Harris is an economics professor at Stanford University.
Maya Harris Kamala Harris
Maya is the younger sister to Kamala Harris who is an American attorney and politician. She is a first-term senator for California who announced her ambition to run for President of the United States in the 2020 United States presidential election on 21st January 2019. She named Maya as her campaign chief.
Maya Harris Daughter (Meena Harris)
Maya has a daughter Meena Harris who she gave birth to at the age of 17 years old. Meena is also a lawyer who attended law school and as per The New Yorker, she works at Slack.
Maya Harris Husband | Maya Harris Tony West
She is married to Tony West, the general counsel for PepsiCo. and formerly served in the Department of Justice under the Obama administration first as assistant attorney general in charge of the civil division, and then as associate attorney general. The couple met at Stanford Law school in 1989 during registration when Maya’s daughter Meena, at the time she was 4 years old, tried to play hide and seek with Tom. Maya and Tom became friends which they took to the next level after graduation.
Maya Harris Attorney
Harris served as a law clerk for United States District Court Judge James Ware in the Northern District of California. She joined the San Francisco law firm of Jackson Tuffs Cole & Black, LLP in 1994 as a civil and criminal litigator.
Harris was honored with the Junius W. Williams Young Lawyer of the Year Award in 1997 by the Young Lawyers Division of the National Bar Association. She was also named one of the Top 20 Up and Coming Lawyers Under 40 by the San Francisco Daily Journal in 1998.
Harris served as the Vice President of Democracy, Rights, and Justice at the Ford Foundation, one of the largest philanthropies in the world. , she led a global team in investing over $750 million to promote effective governance, increase democratic participation, and protect human rights. These investments included launching the Foundation’s first LGBT rights initiative, funding nationwide efforts to protect voting rights, supporting organizations in the Global South that are reshaping the global human rights agenda, and working to expand economic and political opportunities for women around the world.
She was a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress which focuses on promoting policies that strengthen the U.S. economy and democracy through greater inclusion of women and people of color.
Maya Harris ACLU
Harris served as the Executive Director of the ACLU of Northern California, where she led the litigation, public education, advocacy and grassroots organizing efforts of the nation’s largest ACLU affiliate.
Harris helped lead five California statewide ballot initiative campaigns on issues ranging from racial and criminal justice to LGBT and reproductive rights during her tenure at ACLU.
Maya Harris Publications
Harris conducted research and policy advocacy on community policing issues at Policy Link, where she authored the publications Community-Centered Policing: A Force for Change and Organized for Change: The Activist’s Guide to Police Reform.
She is also a contributing author to “The Covenant with Black America,” a collection of essays by African Americans and also to “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink,” a groundbreaking report promoting modern solutions to help strengthen women’s economic security and the American economy.
Maya Harris Hillary Clinton
Maya Harris was a Senior Policy Advisor to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. She played a lead role in shaping Clinton’s domestic policy agenda. According to The New Yorker Harris met Clinton a few weeks before she launched her campaign but soon enough she became her top advisor offering advice on matters of race, gender, economic empowerment, policing, immigration, and more.
Maya Harris MSNBC
In June 2017 Harris joined MSNBC as a political analyst
Sen. Kamala Harris’ sister hired as a political analyst by MSNBC. Maya Harris advised the Clinton campaign & headed ACLU in Northern CA. https://t.co/Oq1Xn2SZtq
— Phil Willon (@philwillon) June 20, 2017