Mark Harris, Jr., who has worked as a community organizer and researcher for several Columbus organizations, has been selected as the 2010–2012 Gund Fellow.
Harris, who will receive his master’s degree in city and regional planning from The Ohio State University (OSU) in June, has an undergraduate degree in political science from Howard University and a master’s in public administration from OSU. He will join the Foundation in July.
Harris currently works as a graduate research associate at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and previously was an associate organizer with B.R.E.A.D. (Building Responsibility, Equality and Dignity) and a site coordinator for the Columbus Housing Partnership. He also has worked as a legislative research assistant for Columbus City Council and a summer associate at the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C.
He is a native of East Chicago, Ind.