Harris K. Tay
Vice President, Client Success Officer
Pronouns: Him | They
Harris Tay is a Baltimore, MD native. As a lifetime advocate for conflict transformation, Harris has been recognized for his achievements related to his passion for Asset Based Community Developmental leadership.
In 2011 Harris received the General’s Coin of Excellence (Army Airforce Exchange Service) for his servant leadership approach with staff resulting in increased Associate and Customer Satisfaction Index scores at Joint Base Andrews / Bowling and Fort Belvoir / Walter Reid. This achievement inspired his decision to enter nonprofit leadership and civic engagement in Ohio.
As the Executive Director of Wesley Community Services inc., Dayton, Ohio, Harris served as a community advocate and lecturer for institutions such as Wright State University, Sinclair Community College, Springfield Ohio City Government, and The Kettering Foundation. His contributions addressed implicit bias, reimagining the nonprofit industrial complex, recidivism reduction, and the influence of social determinates of health disparities on community / institutional connectedness. For these efforts, he was honored as one of the youngest community leaders under the age of 30 in Dayton, Ohio, to receive the Southern Christian Leadership Committee, Social Justice Advocate award in 2014.
In 2016, Harris launched the intercultural development training strategy for over 1,100 out of 1,300 UM pastors within the State of Ohio leading to the training and interventions for over 1,100 local churches toward diverse recruitment practices and employee retention.
Harris’ most recent post was serving as the Chief Operations Officer and Annual Conference Engagement Lead for The General Commission on Religion and Race, UMC. In addition to providing administrative leadership for the UMC, Tay also offers IDEA Executive Coaching with Align Performance LLC.
Harris has a Master of Arts, Education Administration (MAEd) and Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy & Religious Studies (BA) from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA.
When Harris isn’t advocating for inclusion, diversity, equity, and access he enjoys being an awesome dad to his 5 and 8-year-old daughters and raising rabbits with his wife Mallory.
Harris recognized early on that a complaining friend, family member, or stake holder, is someone with hope, and hope is the fuel for progress.
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