Shané Harris, Chair
The Prudential Foundation
“As a local education fund, The Trust works to reduce fragmentation of efforts and mobilize civic leadership.”
Shané Harris serves as the Vice President of The Prudential Foundation, where she is responsible for management of Foundation staff and program strategy and overseeing the distribution of $25 million in annual Foundation grants. Ms. Harris oversees education policy for Prudential’s Community Resources Department and advises senior management on their support of education initiatives. She also serves as Secretary of the Foundation.
Prior to joining Prudential in 2004, Ms. Harris was the Director of the New Jersey Nets and Devils Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the New Jersey Nets Professional Basketball Team and the New Jersey Devils Professional Hockey Team. Before that, she was a Program Director for Communities In Schools of Newark, where she was responsible for brokering community resources to key schools in the Newark Public School district.
Ms. Harris serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Grantmakers for Education, a national network for education philanthropists and is President of the Board of Trustees for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newark, one of the largest youth development agencies in the City of Newark.
Ms. Harris has a B.A. degree in biology from Columbia University and also holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from New York University Wagner School of Public Service.