Wendell J. Harris, Sr., (District 2), who was first elected to the Board in April 2015, is the founder of Wendell J. Harris & Associates, LLC, and has more than 25 years’ experience in serving the Milwaukee community. He and his wife, Rozalia, have been married 20 years and have a son, Damien, who attends Golda Meir High School. Wendell has served as the 1st Vice President of the NAACP Wisconsin State Conference of Branches' Education Committee. He also presides as President of the National Coalition of Black American Men and has collaborated and networked with AFCSME union members, the Milwaukee Public Schools, Friendship Inc., and many other community-based organizations throughout the city of Milwaukee.
In 1992, Wendell received the "Black Excellence Award for Community Volunteerism" from Bank One and the Milwaukee Times. During the same year, he was nominated for the "Jefferson Award" for outstanding service to the Milwaukee community from TV6/WITI and Marquette University.
Wendell has a Masters of Science Degree in Human Services from Springfield College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with an emphasis on organizational management and leadership. Additionally, he has more than 25 years’ experience in the AODA treatment and counseling field and has worked in both volunteer and professional capacities within the Milwaukee Public Schools for over 22 years.
Mr. Harris has previously served on the MPS Task Force of Youth Safety and Anti-Violence, having chaired the Mental Health and Wellness sub-committee. For the last 10 years, he has implemented the Ambassadors for Peace Project, which functions to teach youth community- and school-based violence-prevention and conflict-resolution skills. Mr. Harris currently chairs the Milwaukee NAACP Education Committee, which functions to ensure that all children are provided the best possible chance of receiving a quality public education.
Term expires: April 2019
Phone: (414) 475-8284 (Office of Board Governance)