Wendell J. Harris
Member, National Board of Directors
Min. Wendell J. Harris, Sr. has more than 35 years of experience serving his community as a member of the NAACP. He served on the Milwaukee Public School Board from February 7, 2015-2029. He currently serves on the NAACP National Board of Directors and President of the Wisconsin Conference of Branches NAACP. Min. Harris is the founder of the National Coalition of Black American Men, Inc. and has collaborated and networked with Union Members, Milwaukee Public Schools, Public Charter Schools, and Private Choice Schools. He currently serves as Chair of the Membership Committee of Friendship Inc., a community-based organization that provides a drug-free environment for people throughout Milwaukee County.
On September 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 40th Anniversary 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.
Min. Wendell J. Harris 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 before 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. Min. Harris is also establishing counseling groups for young people involved in alcohol and drug abuse at the Ethan Allen School for Boys in Wales, Wisconsin. He worked in a volunteer capacity at the Lincoln Vocational Center, where — as far back as 1993 — with School Psychologist, Mrs. Ellen Ritter, he planned and implemented a Student Assistance Program.
Min. Harris, author of the book "Saved Myself, From Myself (for the sake of my children by the grace of God)".