Jacari Harris, a native of Tallahassee, Florida, is an author, life coach, social justice activist, and inspirational speaker. Jacari began his work as an intern with Parks & Crump PLLC, located in Tallahassee, FL, while earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) in Daytona Beach, Florida. During his undergraduate matriculation, Harris served in several leadership positions. Most notable, he served as the Student Body President. Harris completed a study abroad in Senegal, West Africa, where he and a group of colleagues studied community policing and criminal justice reform. In 2018, Harris became a recipient of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) College President of the year.
After graduating from B-CU, Jacari accepted an internship in Los Angeles, California, at former California Senator, now U.S. Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’ office where he tracked legislation, completed policy research, and led efforts planning townhouse meetings for the Senator. Jacari continued his education, receiving his MBA in 2019 and a Master of Arts in Emergency Management from Florida International University in 2020. That same year, Jacari was honored as a recipient of Bethune-Cookman University’s 40 Under 40 Award, recognizing the B-CU’s rising stars and influencers.
Outside of his social justice work, Harris is an advocate for foster and adoptive youth after growing up in the U.S. foster care system and being adopted. In September of 2020, Harris released his debut memoir: Lost & Found: Finding Success In The Search For Self. This easy read and intriguing story shows how it is possible to overcome a rough beginning in life and endure a challenging journey to find success and become an inspiration to others, Harris says.
A rising and transformational civil rights leader, Jacari knows firsthand that to bring about real change, we have to strategize, mobilize to raise awareness, and organize and vote during every election to make sure that we elect candidates who will act on reform. He knows firsthand how to cope with adversity and relies heavily on his faith in God to weather through the storms.