La Doris "Dot" Harris
Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
The Honorable La Doris “Dot” Harris brings over 30 years of leadership and management experience as the Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). She ensures that minorities and historically underrepresented communities are afforded opportunities to actively participate in the Department’s programs.
Nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 29, 2012, Director Harris serves in an Assistant Secretary level position at the Department of Energy. She leads the agency’s offices of Minority Economic Impact, Minority Education and Community Development, Minority Business and Economic Development, Diversity and Inclusion, and Civil Rights. Additionally, Director Harris spearheads the DOE’s Minorities in Energy Initiative; serves as the DOE lead of White House initiatives in support of My Brother’s Keeper and the Council on Women and Girls; oversees the corporate funding strategy for minority institutions; develops and implements minority business contracting opportunities; and advocates and protects the civil rights of employees and recipients of multi-billion dollar funding vehicles from the DOE.
Director Harris and her staff have participated in over 300 events across the country focused on promoting public engagement in energy economic development, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, and research and development programs. Through publications and community outreach, she and her staff have reached over 80 million people on the topic of diversity, economic development, and sustainability in the STEM workforce.
Director Harris recently received the 2014 Diversity Journal “Women Worth Watching” Award; the 2014 EmpowHer Institute PathMaker Award; the 2014 Fort Valley State University Platinum Achievement Award; and the 2013 Black Business Association Chairperson’s Award. She was, also, highlighted in Essence Magazine’s 2014 editorial feature, ‘Game Changers: The Power List’.
Prior to her appointment, Director Harris was Co-founder, President and CEO of Jabo Industries, LLC, a successful minority-woman owned engineering management consulting firm concentrated primarily in the energy, information technology, logistics, and healthcare industries. Director Harris’ leadership in Corporate America ranged from engineer to corporate officer. She served as an executive at General Electric Company (GE) and held a number of leadership positions in GE’s Energy and Industrial Systems businesses. Before joining GE, Director Harris was the first African American female officer, Vice President of Operations & Production at ABB, Inc., the world’s largest electrical engineering firm. She, also, spent twelve years as a Field Services Engineer and Services Manager with Westinghouse Electric Company where she was the named youngest manager in the history of the Nuclear Services Division of Westinghouse.
Director Harris holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Carolina and a M.S. in Technology Management from Southern Polytechnic State University. She received honorary doctorate degrees from Chicago State University and Clark Atlanta University.