January 20, 2021
CGR Promotes Dr. Donna Harris to Associate Principal
CGR is happy to announce the promotion of Dr. Donna Harris to Associate Principal. Dr. Harris joined CGR in 2017 as a Senior Associate. She leads and contributes to a wide variety of projects focusing on education, racial equity, public safety, early child care, workforce development and organizational change. Dr. Harris has successfully designed and completed many studies using mixed methods that draw on administrative data, surveys, individual interviews and focus groups. She has directed several evaluations for the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, Monroe County Community College and the Ibero American Development Corporation in Rochester – including the evaluation of the state-funded anti-poverty THRIVE program in Buffalo. In addition, Dr. Harris was a pivotal contributor to CGR assessments of the Rochester Civilian Review Board and the criminal justice and law enforcement system in Oswego County.
Dr. Harris also leads organizational change efforts as CGR’s Chief Diversity Officer, working to promote diversity, equity and inclusion within CGR and across our portfolios of work. In 2019, CGR created the Chief Diversity Officer position to support and bring an equity lens to hiring, staff retention, and research efforts. Under Dr. Harris’s leadership, CGR participated in the 2019-2020 cohort of the Racial Equity and Justice Initiative that assisted us in engaging in deep investigation into racism across personal, institutional and structural levels.
Dr. Harris received her Ph.D. in educational policy studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.A. in sociology and education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and B.A. in sociology from Wesleyan University. In the Rochester community, she is an advisory board member of Teen Empowerment and a member of the Rochester Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.