James Harris

Director, Diversity & Inclusion and Supplier Diversity

James Harris has been in the business of providing access and advocacy work for over 15 years. He sets the strategic direction, policy and design for H-E-B’s diversity & inclusion and supplier diversity. He works with small grassroot non-profit organizations, which mirrors his company’s core giving pillars. Harris works with local, small, minority, women, Veteran and disabled business owners to help them connect with H-E-B’s sourcing, procurement and construction teams. Lastly, he serves on several boards which focus on advocacy, providing access and improving the lives of Texans.

What areas of expertise do you bring to this project (How do you serve)?
The skillset I bring to the table is the ability to solve complex business issues. This is accomplished by being an active listener, understanding the core issues and determining the best fix, based on resources and ability to close the gap.

What does the phrase “Houston in Action” mean to you?
Houston in Action means: Houstonians coming together to help each other regardless of race, culture, gender, sexual origin or religious background. Our common focus is our love for each other and the city where we are live, work, play and raise our families.

What do you like the most about Houston and its diverse tapestry of communities?
I love that fact that Houston has so much diversity in race, income, culture, art, cuisine, sports and lifestyles. There is something for everyone if you just get involved and engaged.

Regardless of social identity, people should have equal opportunities to participate in, and have a meaningful impact, on civic life.