Emily Harris

Director
Presidents' Council for Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy
Emily Harris

Emily Harris, Director of the Presidents’ Council for Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy, was previously the founding Executive Director of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership (now Disability Lead), the nation’s first disability civic leadership program. As a Senior Director at the Chicago Community Trust, Emily led ADA 25 Chicago, and engaged more than 200 program partners in advancing disability inclusion. She also directed the Chicago Community Trust’s Disabilities Fund, and facilitated a roundtable for philanthropy, government, developers and contractors to advance equity in the construction industry. As Vice President of Metropolis Strategies, she led programs focused on regional economic growth, open space conservation, early childhood education polic y, and served as Executive Director of the Burnham Plan Centennial. Through her consulting firm, Harris Strategies, Emily has helped non - profit organizations, public agencies, businesses and philanthropies to develop strategic plans and move their ideas to action. Emily earned a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.A. from the University of Chicago. She serves on the Forest Preserves of Cook County Conservation and Policy Council, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation Chicago Advisory Board, and is Presid ent of the Board of the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation. A member of Disability Lead, she is proud to be a part of the disability community.