Thecla Harris

Senior Director of Development
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Thecla brings over 20 years of experience in non-profit management and fundraising, with a strong focus on advancing social equity. Before joining MSASS, she dedicated 23 years to transformative work in New York City. From 2003 to 2018, she worked with Rosie’s Theater Kids, Rosie O’Donnell’s organization dedicated to bringing arts education to inner-city public schools, fostering creativity and opportunity among underserved youth. Most recently, Thecla served as the Director of Development for Habitat for Humanity of Washington and Dodge Counties, WI. In this role, she spearheaded fundraising initiatives that resulted in the construction of 12 new homes and numerous critical repairs, ensuring families could live safely and securely.

Originally from Cuyahoga Falls, Thecla received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Akron. She is excited to be returning to the Cleveland area this summer with her husband Phil.