Deborah M. Harris taking over Women's Fund of Miami-Dade as issues of consequence to women, girls rise to prominence
A veteran of the Women's Funding Network, a coalition of women's funds across the globe, Deborah "Debi" Harris joins the Women's Fund of Miami-Dade with broad knowledge of women's causes and years of funding and advocating them.
In her new role as the head of the local women's fund, Ms. Harris aims to increase grant-making from last year's $600,000 to $1 million a year. She lauds past leaders for creating a long-term vision and endowment, and says it's her goal now to make a tangible impact in the near term.
National leaders such as President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are bringing women's needs to the forefront, Ms. Harris said, "so I think it's going to become even more relevant right now. It's an exciting time." She shared her vision for boosting support for Miami-Dade women and girls with Miami Today staff writer Risa Polansky.
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