Greta J. Harris joined the Better Housing Coalition in August 2013 as President and CEO. Prior to leading BHC, she was vice president for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a national nonprofit community and economic development organization where she led local offices in southern and mid-western regions. Ms. Harris was elected to the board of Markel Corporation in 2021, and appointed to the Virginia Tech University Board of Visitors in 2016. She also serves on the boards of ChamberRVA, the Partnership for Housing Affordability, the Housing Partnership Network and the Richmond Jazz Society. She co-chairs the Commonwealth of Virginia’s bipartisan redistricting commission. Greta is a member of Leadership Metro Richmond’s Class of 1995, an organization which honored her with its 2021 Ukrop Community Vision Award.
Among her many accolades, Greta received the National NeighborWorks Association’s 2021 Practitioner of the Year Award; was a Bold Women of 2020 honoree by Richmond Magazine; a 2019 YWCA Outstanding Women Award winner; a 2019 Style Weekly Executive Women in Business honoree; a 2018 Richmond Times Dispatch Person of the Year; the Virginia Tech Black Alumni Association’s 2016 Philanthropist of the Year; and a 2014 Outstanding Virginian by Equality Virginia.
Greta earned her bachelor of architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and holds a master of science in architecture and urban design from Columbia University.