Zakiya Harris is a Cultural Architect, Artist and Educator working at the intersections of entrepreneurship, 21st century education and creative transformation. Zakiya is a co-founder of nationally recognized projects Impact Hub Oakland, Grind for the Green, Hack The Hood, Earthseed Consulting, and a past Fellow of Green For All and Bold Food.
Zakiya Harris is the Co-Founder and Chief Education Officer at Hack the Hood, an award-winning non-profit that introduces low-income youth of color to careers in tech by hiring and training them to build websites for real small businesses in their own communities. As the programming strategist for Impact Hub Oakland, she facilitates support and scholarships to mission driven entrepreneurs dedicated to accelerating possibilities for a better world. Zakiya also recently served as Director of the Bay Area Hive Learning Network, a regional laboratory that brings together educators, technologists and mentors to design innovative, connected educational experiences for youth. In addition, she is retained as a consultant by a diverse set of leaders managing programs where culturally relevant education and cross sector collaboration are seen as assets. Applying her performing arts talents as a dancer, vocalist and actor, Zakiya has taught culturally and creatively-driven classes to students ages 2 to 62.
Zakiya’s experience in arts and equal access movements spans over a decade and includes a combination of management, teaching and public speaking. Including, Toyota Motors, Inc., the US Department of Agriculture, the US Department of State Bureau of Cultural & Educational Affairs the NAACP National Convention, Green Festivals, TEDx Denver Education, Global Exchange and Youth Leadership Institute. She also served as the first African-American Regional Director of the San Francisco Green Festival. Awards and recognitions include the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights Future Leaders award, the Tutorpedia Foundation Award for Personalizing Education and the inaugural 40 Under 40 in Tech Diversity – Silicon Valley.
Zakiya holds a B.A. in Political Science and History from Rutgers University, and attended New College of Law before leaving to pursue her lifelong passion of teaching. In her spare time, you can find her singing her heart out with her band Elephantine, reading Octavia Butler or watching cooking shows with her 10 year old daughter.