Phyllis “Seven” Harris’ 20+ years of experience with nonprofits, includes program management, fundraising, and upper-level management positions. For many years, she has played a strong role as an advocate in Cleveland’s LGBT community.
Under the direction of Ms. Harris since 2012, the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland has experienced unprecedented growth and expansion. Today, Center patrons enjoy expanded programming for everyone from teens to families to seniors in their Gordon Square facility. In 2015, the Center launched Pride in the CLE, a family-oriented and community-driven LGBT Pride festival that the group continues to produce annually. Earlier this year, Ms. Harris and her team began the construction process for a brand-new facility that will offer more space, accessibility, and versatility.
Throughout her career, Ms. Harris has leveraged both her passion and her multi-faceted experience to lead the organization on a path of sustainable growth and vitality. She is a past recipient of the Homer C. Wadsworth award, is currently completing a leadership fellowship with the Arcus Foundation and has earned a spot in the 2019 class of Leadership Cleveland. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Harris directed a major capital campaign for the Cleveland Sight Center, served as Vice President of Programs for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland and spearheaded youth initiatives at Planned Parenthood of Northeast Ohio. Her leadership in local nonprofit circles also extends to service on several boards.
Ms. Harris holds a master’s degree in non-profit management from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor of Arts from Baldwin Wallace College.