School Board Member / Shelby County, TN
Sheleah Harris is a native Memphian and servant leader in relentless pursuit to create environments that cultivate an attitude of excellence within communities and neighborhoods throughout Memphis. She serves as the Local and State Government Affairs Manager with Verizon in Tennessee, where she leads the charge for innovation by collaborating with community stakeholders and legislatures to drive equity by addressing the digital divide and implementing a sustainable philanthropic footprint in Memphis and Nashville. Sheleah is also the Founder and Executive Director of Living Grace, Inc. a non-profit organization that advocates and provides resources for youth and young adults experiencing homelessness in Memphis. In August of 2020, she became the first woman and African-American to represent Shelby County Schools District 5 as a School Board Commissioner.
As a strong advocate for building wealth in the Black community, Sheleah has created a scholarship program, Legacy Leaders, to support and promote young Black entrepreneurs in Memphis. In 2018, she launched the InventHER STEM Conference that provides a space for minority high school girls to connect and promote interests in careers related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In addition, she consistently serves as a philanthropist, supporting programs throughout Memphis that directly impact minority children and focus on growth for underserved communities though education.