Dr. Mildred Harris
Commissioner Mildred C. Harris is a retired schoolteacher, mentor, and ordained minister.
was first appointed to the CHA
Board of Commissioners on July 7, 1999, and has since received three reappointments due to her
exemplary leadership and continued commitment to CHA improvement.
As a commissioner, Dr. Harris has pioneered and contributed to various CHA-related efforts.
created the "Adopt-A-Senior Building" program, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to refurnish the sitting areas in more than 57 CHA senior buildings.
As a result, CHA
received an award lauding the program from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials
Dr. Harris is Founder, President and CEO of God First Church and Ministries, which has contributed well over $40,000 in scholarships for CHA students.
also established a food pantry for CHA senior residents.
Commissioner Harris participates in numerous civic and religious organizations.
serves on the Advisory Board for Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and on the Advisory Council for Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford; she
sits on the Women's Board of the Goodman Theatre
, is a life member of the National Council of Negro Women
and is an Honorary Board Member of Windows of Opportunity
Commissioner Harris earned a B.A. Degree in Education from DePaul University in Chicago; an M.A. in Early Childhood from Columbia University in New York ; an M.A. in Human Development from Governor's State University in Park Forest, IL; an M.A. in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in Chicago; and a PhD in Ministry from the International Bible Institute and Seminary in Plymouth, Fla.
has also completed studies in Real Estate Management.