Sandra Harris, MS
Sandra Harris counts with extensive experience in the human services, government, non-profit, health and mental health services field. Early in her career, she provided housing advocacy services, directed a community mental health program for immigrant populations and lead a national healthcare collaborative to advance health care access for the underserved. Sandra specializes on building strategic collaborative partnerships, conducting needs inventory and resource mapping, program development and fundraising, partnership relations and communications. As a bicultural Latina, she frequently shares her knowledge on diverse issues faced by multi-ethnic communities. During her travels around the world as a member of the Kellogg Foundation’s delegation visiting developing countries, Sandra gained insight that furthered her expertise while learning how communities developed new solutions to deal with barriers encountered on a daily basis. This experience has shaped her professional work as she affirms that relationships are the primary ingredient in our work with others; it is most often what brings parties to the table and keeps them there when differences of opinions and conflicts arise.
Presently, Sandra is an assistant vice president at Columbia University Medical Center. In her role, she promotes and advocates for the medical center’s academic research, education and service mission with external community, local and state government stakeholders. She is the University liaison on community development initiatives and is responsible for establishing and maintaining community-academic relations, facilitating the creation of campus-community partnerships that yield improved community health outcomes while advancing academic health research and discoveries. Sandra has a keen understanding of collaborative processes and is well known for her ability to bring partners to the table to work on mutually beneficially projects and initiatives. She is working with grass-roots NGO’s in the Caribbean to implement peacebuilding strategies to bring forth much needed reconciliation to Dominican and Haitian citizens living along the Dominican border region communities. Ms. Harris is the president of HarriSolutions, a company dedicated to helping individuals, organizations, companies and institutions identify and overcome challenges hindering their success.
Sandra holds a Master’s in Social Work from Hunter College City University of New York and a Master’s in Science in the area of Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University. She is proficient in Spanish and has received numerous awards for her contributions to advancing the agenda of underserved communities in New York City. She is a member of the National Association of Social Worker, Campus Community Partnerships for Health, American Public Health Association, Encuentros, the Board of Directors of the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation and president of the Washington Heights Inwood Chamber of Commerce.
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