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Wendell J. Harris

Member, National Board of Directors

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Min. Wendell J. Harris, Sr.  has more than 35 years of experience in serving his community.  He was elected and on the Milwaukee Public School Board on February 7, 2015-2019. He currently serves on the NAACP National Board of Directors, as President of the Waukesha Wisconsin County Branch. He recently served as the 1stVice President of the NAACP Wisconsin Conference of Branches, as the Chairperson of the NAACP Wisconsin State Conference of Branches Education Committee.  Min. Harris is the founder of the National Coalition of Black American Men, Inc. and has collaborated and networked with AFCSME, ACLU, and the Milwaukee Public Schools.  He currently serves as Chairman of the Membership Committee of Friendship Inc., a community-based organization that provides a drug-free environment for people throughout the city of Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin.  On Sept. 9, 2016 Min. Harris received The Literacy Services Alumni of Inspiration Award, from Literacy Services of Wisconsin. Also, in August 2016 Min. Harris received the 40thAnniversary Milwaukee Community Journal Beacons of Light Award. In 1992 Min. Harris received the "Black Excellence Award for Community Volunteerism" from Bank One and the Milwaukee Times; and, during the same year, was nominated for the "Jefferson Award" for outstanding service to the Milwaukee community from TV6/WITI and Marquette University.  Min. Harris has a Master 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 35 years of experience in the AODA treatment and counseling field.

More to the point, Wendell J. Harris's. the Executive Director has been working in our community with our public schools for 35 years. Min. Harris served on the MPS Task Force of Youth Safety and Anti-Violence, where he chaired the Mental Health and Wellness sub-committee. For 8- years prior to being elected to the Milwaukee Public School Board in 2015, Min. Harris served at Transition High School where he has implemented the Ambassadors for Peace Project, ably demonstrating that he can and has worked successfully in a teacher-led, highly collaborative, and flexible, small school environment.  Over the years, he previously worked in establishing counseling groups for young people involved in alcohol and drug abuse at the Ethan Allen School for Boys in Wales.  He has worked, too, in a volunteer capacity at the Lincoln Vocational Center, where — as far back as 1993 — with School Psychologist, Mrs. Ellen Ritter, he implemented a Student Assistance Program.  Additionally, Min. Harris also volunteered his expertise in 1994 in leading another anti-drug program for the students in the Lincoln Alternative High School. As a final note,

Min. Harris authored the book Saved Myself, From Myself, for sake of my children by the grace of God.