Shakia Harris

Program Associate

Shakia Harris serves as Program Associate at the Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders and performs a diverse range of responsibilities including operational, logistical, and administrative tasks to support program efficiency and effectiveness.

Prior to joining School Leaders, Shakia was a Parent and Community Organizer with Mastery Charter Schools where she developed and managed partnerships with parents and community leaders to work on local issues of safety and resources for children. She managed and coached parent leaders to take action while developing their political skills.

She worked as a coordinator with Refuse To Quit Academy where she learned how to help families conduct action plans to work on their shortcomings and overcome obstacles. She learned this skill by working as a social worker at Northeast Treatment Centers for 5 years. There she learned how to navigate the Philadelphia Family Court, and speak on behalf of the family while also connecting them with resources. Shakia has 8 years of experience working in a multitude of School District of Philadelphia campuses as therapeutic staff support to children, teachers, and staff. There she learned how to collaborate and strategize for the best possible outcomes for everyone.

Shakia is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she earned her bachelor’s degree.