Maya Harris


Maya Harris was born on January 30th, 1967 in Champaign–Urbana metropolitan area, Illinois, United States and is the Lawyer from United States. Discover Maya Harris's biography, age, height, physical stats, dating/affair, family, hobbies, education, career updates, and networth at the age of 55 years old.

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January 30, 1967
United States
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Champaign–Urbana metropolitan area, Illinois, United States
55 years old
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University of California, Berkeley (BA), Stanford University (JD)
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Tony West ​(m. 1998)​
Meena Harris
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Donald J. Harris (father), Shyamala Gopalan (mother)
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About Maya Harris

Maya Lakshmi Harris (born January 30, 1967) is an American lawyer, public policy advocate, and television commentator.

She is a political analyst for MSNBC and in 2015 was appointed as one of three senior policy advisors to lead the development of an agenda for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.

She was formerly a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.

From 2008 until she took her current position, she was Vice President for Democracy, Rights and Justice at the Ford Foundation.

Prior to joining the Ford Foundation, she served as the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California.

Before joining the ACLU, the former law school dean (Lincoln Law School of San Jose) was a Senior Associate at PolicyLink.

She has authored two publications which include a report highlighting community-centered policing practices nationwide and an advocacy manual for police reform. She most recently served as campaign chairwoman for her sister Kamala Harris' 2020 campaign for president, until the campaign's suspension on December 3rd, 2019.

Early life and education

Maya Lakshmi Harris was born in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and Montreal, Quebec. She is a daughter of Shyamala Gopalan Harris (1938–2009), a breast cancer researcher who emigrated from Chennai (formerly Madras), India in 1960; and Donald Harris, a Jamaican-born Stanford University economics professor, now emeritus. Her maternal grandfather, P. V. Gopalan was a career civil servant with federal Government of India. She and her older sister, Kamala, were raised with beliefs from Baptist and Hindu faiths. At 17, she gave birth to her only child, Meena Harris. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989. That year, she enrolled in Stanford Law School. While at Stanford, she was an editor of the Stanford Law Review, and active with the East Palo Alto Community Law Project, serving as Co-Coordinator of the Domestic Violence Clinic and Co-Chair of the Student Steering Committee. She received her J.D. degree in 1992 "with distinction."


After receiving her J.D. degree from Stanford Law School, Harris served as a law clerk for United States District Court Judge James Ware in the Northern District of California. In 1994, Harris joined the San Francisco law firm of Jackson Tufts Cole & Black, LLP, working in civil and criminal litigation.

Harris served as an adjunct law professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law. She also taught gender discrimination at U.C. Hastings College of the Law and contract law at New College of California School of Law and was Dean at Lincoln Law School of San Jose.

She was later appointed Dean and Chief Executive Officer of Lincoln Law School of San Jose. At 29, she was one of the youngest law school deans ever in the United States, and the only Black woman at the time.

Harris was a Senior Associate at PolicyLink, a national research and action institute dedicated to advancing economic and social equity. In that capacity, she organized conferences around police-community relations and advocated for police reform, authoring two national publications.

Harris served as Executive Director of the Northern California American Civil Liberties Union. She was the first Jamaican American to lead the ACLU of Northern California and the first South Asian executive director of an ACLU affiliate. In her role as the head of the largest affiliate office of the ACLU, Harris directed and coordinated litigation, media relations, lobbying, and grassroots organizing work. She earlier served as the affiliate's Racial Justice Project Director, establishing priorities including eliminating racial disparities in the criminal justice system and achieving educational equity in California public schools. In 2003, Harris was the Northern California director for No on 54, the successful campaign to defeat Proposition 54, which sought to ban state agencies from collecting racial and ethnic data. In 2006, she was the lead attorney in League of Women Voters of California v. McPherson, a case which restored voting rights to over 100,000 Californians in county jails on probation from felony convictions.

In 2008, Harris was appointed Vice President for Democracy, Rights and Justice at the Ford Foundation. The program focused on promoting effective governance, increasing democratic participation, and protecting and advancing human rights worldwide, and she led a global team in making grants of over $150 million annually.

Harris was a Senior Associate at PolicyLink. From 2008 until 2013, Harris was Vice President for Democracy, Rights and Justice at the Ford Foundation. Prior to joining the Ford Foundation, she served as the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California, the largest ACLU affiliate in the country. Harris was formerly a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School. She was a political and legal analyst for MSNBC from 2017 until 2018,

As Clinton's campaign representative to the Democratic Party Platform Committee, Harris helped draft the 2016 platform. Harris served as campaign chairwoman for her sister's 2020 campaign for president until the campaign's suspension.

Personal life

Harris has been married to Tony West since July 1998. Maya and Tony were both in the class of 1992 at Stanford Law School, where they became friends but did not start a relationship until after graduation. Her daughter Meena Harris graduated from Stanford in 2006 and from Harvard Law School in 2012. Her sister Kamala Harris is the Vice President of the United States.

In 2020, Harris revealed she had been diagnosed with lupus at the age of 22.


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