Joyce Harris
Manager, Community Engagement


  • Civil rights
  • Race and diversity
  • Safety and violence

After 20 years as director of the Region X Equity Assistance Center at Education Northwest, Joyce Harris now serves as the organization’s manager for community engagement. Her career has been defined by her work in making connections, meeting the needs of communities and educators, and advocating for equity and social justice. Before joining Education Northwest, she was an administrator at the Black Educational Center, a school she co-founded in Portland, Ore., from 1970 to 1993. Her teaching experiences include teaching middle school science through OMSI, instructing racially and culturally diverse talented and gifted students, and developing African American curriculum and materials. Harris’ work with Asa G. Hilliard IV on the African American Baseline Essay and her essay on African and African American traditions in language arts is among the highlights of her career. Her work with survivors of Hurricane Katrina led to Portland Monthly recognizing her as one of the 25 people who most define Portland. She has degrees from Reed College, Oregon State University and Portland State University and has completed coursework for her doctorate in community college leadership.