Board Members


Policy Advisor to the Deputy Mayor of Public Safety and Justice, Washington, D.C.

Shae Harris is the Policy Advisor for the Deputy Mayor of Public Safety and Justice in Washington, D.C, where she informs policies for people touched by the criminal justice system. A 2020 Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz award recipient, Shae received the prestigious honor for her exemplary service in D.C. Government. In her role, she conducts in-depth research, analyzes programmatic initiatives related to returning citizens, and serves as the liaison between community-based organizations and local/national stakeholders within the criminal justice sector.

Shae strongly believes that systems change happens at the policy-level which prompted her to obtain her Master of Public Administration from American University. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from North Carolina A&T State University, received a Nonprofit Executive Management Certificate, and Project Management Certification both from Georgetown University.

Shae previously served as the Deputy Director at the Mayor’s Office on Returning Citizen Affairs, and in various capacities in the nonprofit sector where her efforts were dedicated to transforming the lives of the District’s most vulnerable residents.

In 2016, Shae founded her own business, T.R.Y (Transitioning and Rehabilitating Yourself) LLC, to provide consultancy services that promote equity and sustainable change through policy and communication strategies. She has a wealth of experience from working to improve the lives of marginalized and underserved populations in the District, and sincerely believes that we are the change-agents that we are seeking.