Spotlight on our Team
Julie Harris, Vice President
Julie Harris joined McKissack in September of 2015 as Vice President leading the business development efforts and providing operational oversight for Disaster Preparedness, Recovery and Resiliency projects. She possesses a deep understanding of the national disaster recovery framework. During the course of her career, she has collaborated with officials from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, US Department of Agriculture, and the Small Business Administration, along with state and local agencies to assess and make recommendations for the long-term recovery process. She is a subject matter expert on HUD and FEMA disaster policy and programming related issues and brings more than eight years of executive-level experience managing and implementing Long-Term Community Recovery Programs.
Julie also has 10 years of leadership in diversity and inclusion practices and diversity workforce development. She served as a Manager for four years at INROADS Inc., an organization that focuses on developing and placing talented underserved youths in business and industry, thus preparing them for corporate and community leadership roles. In addition, for five years, Julie served as Program Director of Louisiana State University’s Engineering Diversity Program and the Ronald McNair Scholars Program.
Prior to joining McKissack, Julie served as a policy technical advisor to the New York State Governor’s Office of Storm recovery (GOSR). In this role, she advised the program executive and senior leadership in the management and execution of the State’s long term recovery process from Hurricanes Irene and Lee and Superstorm Sandy to assure and align day-to-day project implementation with the HUD action plans and amendments and with issues related to compliance with HUD Community Development Block Grant Programs Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) and the State of New York regulations. Ms. Harris served as the GOSR subject matter expert on subjects related to HUD and FEMA policy and programming and MWBE and HUD Section 3 inclusion programing. Once she joined McKissack, she oversaw the Section 3 Program Management contract with GOSR.
Julie is currently providing executive leadership in compliance and program management on McKissack projects including the LaGuardia Airport Redevelopment, the rebuilding of Coney Island Hospital and the Storm Recovery and Resiliency efforts for The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. She was also instrumental in securing McKissack a role on the Shelter At Home Program, Program Management for Disaster Grants contract, which is through the State of Louisiana, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP). In August 2016, the State received more than 30 inches of rain, resulting in historic flooding with more than 100,000 citizens displaced. For this contract, Julie served as Project Executive/Subject Matter Expert, providing program guidance throughout the process applying expertise in FEMA and HUD CDBG-DR programs and oversees McKissack’s staff of 25, including case managers and representatives and outreach specialists.
Julie achieved a Bachelors of Science Degree in Speech Communications from Louisiana State University (LSU) and a Master of Science Degree in Education from Syracuse University. While at LSU, Julie was a four-year varsity track and field letterman, NCAA National Champion, 1988 and NCAA All-American, 1986 – 1988 and a three time SEC conference champion in the triple jump. She is the world record holder for the 60-yard-shuttle hurdle relay. Julie placed third at the track and field trials exhibition triple jump for the 1988 Seoul Olympics and she later served as the Coach of the Belize Athletic Federation at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA.