Ms. Harris joined the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in 2005. She has served as a Program Officer involved in planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation of U.S. foreign assistance strategies and development programming in Jordan and in Washington’s Middle East Bureau where she supported USAID Missions in Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen. She has also designed, managed and monitored education strategies and technical assistance programming as an Education Development Officer in Egypt, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria, South Sudan and Mali. Her portfolios have focused on counterterrorism and countering violent extremism issues as well as strategy development with the Department of State and the Department of Defense.
In her current role, Ms. Harris promotes civil-military coordination between USAID and the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Her two main responsibilities include serving as liaison to USSOCOM’s Directorate of Operations (J3) charged with understanding and coordinating Department of Defense (DOD) activities in the information environment with USAID’s contributions in this arena; and leading outreach and awareness of USAID development priorities to Special Operations Forces (SOF) through staff development briefings and qualifying courses.
Ms. Harris started her international career in the Republic of Moldova as a Peace Corps Volunteer (1998-2000) supporting non-governmental organizations in transition from communist rule to independent management and oversight. She later directed Department of State-funded international education and cultural exchange programs between the U.S. and Moldova (2000-2002) that provided high school and university students, researchers, and professors with opportunities in American educational institutions. In 2004, as a Fulbright Fellow in eastern Romania, she taught in the English language department at Ion Creanga University and was an advisor in the U.S. Embassy’s American Center helping Romanian students identify and prepare for study opportunities in the U.S.
Ms. Harris is a native Texan with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (1992) from St. Edward’s University, and a Master of Public Administration (2004) from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. She has 3/speaking and 3/reading levels in both Romanian and French and has studied Russian and Arabic.