Greta J. Harris became President and CEO of the Better Housing Coalition in August 2013. Before joining BHC, she was vice president for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a national nonprofit community and economic development corporation. In this role, she provided strategic and managerial support to 10 of LISC’s local offices in southern and mid-western regions. Prior to that role, she was the senior program director for Virginia LISC, based in Richmond, which supported local organizations in developing more than $250 million in real estate in Central Virginia.
Ms. Harris was appointed to the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors in 2016 and also serves on the boards of ChamberRVA and the Richmond Jazz Society. She currently is co-chairing Mayor Levar Stoney’s Housing Taskforce. She has served on the boards of the City of Richmond’s Economic Development Authority, the Federal Reserve Bank’s Board of Governors’ Consumer Advisory Council, the Virginia Housing Coalition, the Richmond Community Development Alliance and Seven Hills Boys Middle School. Greta is a member of Leadership Metro Richmond’s Class of 1995.
Among her accolades, Greta was named a YWCA Outstanding Women Award winner in 2019; a 2018 Richmond Times Dispatch Person of the Year Honoree; the Virginia Tech Black Alumni Association’s 2016 Philanthropist of the Year; and was recognized as 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.