Meet Zakiya

Zakiya Harris is a Cultural Architect, Artist and Educator working at the intersections of social entrepreneurship, 21st century education and creative transformation.

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Cultural Architect, Artist and Educator

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.


Core Services

Below is an overview of the services I offer. I’ve been retained by a diverse set of leaders managing programs where culturally relevant education and environmental literacy are seen as assets.The combination of my experience and expertise coupled with a rich network of social change strategists, interdisciplinary artists, business professionals and city administrators has resulted in progressive outcomes for my clients.

Program Design, Delivery & Management

I design new ventures, campaigns and programs that utilize innovative approaches to addressing social, racial and environmental inequities. Based in frameworks of permaculture design and social entrepreneurship, I work with clients to build new models that promote access, transformative justice and environmental stewardship.

Engagement Marketing & Branding

I work with corporations, non-profits, city and government agencies to co-create interactive engagement and marketing campaigns that align my clients brand promise and positioning with real world opportunities to engage new markets and communities. My approach utilizes culturally relevant strategies, technology and real world interactions based on innovations in the field.

Training & Education

I support corporations, non-profits and educators in developing culturally relevant curriculum that promotes layers of critical thinking and analysis. Rooted in a 21st century learning skills framework, I co-design programs, workshops and activities that use mainstream pop culture in order to facilitate transformational leadership, technical and soft skill development necessary to navigate and thrive within society.

Public Speaking

Drawing from my own personal experiences, I customize informative and inspirational presentations on the benefits of environmental education, entrepreneurship & creative transformation. For over a decade, I have presented to large and small audiences at corporations, colleges, and conferences nationwide including:

  • College & New Hire Orientations
  • Leadership Development Programs
  • Staff Development & MBA Trainings
  • Conference Keynotes & Workshops
  • Graduations & Banquets


Case Studies

Here you'll find a comprehensive look into the spaces I'm both shaping and being shaped by. Please, feel free to read, listen, comment, etc. Also, when you're complete, be sure to say hello.


What the clients say

  • Zakiya Harris is a visionary who can execute. Zakiya has the powerful ability to listen and absorb, then communicate and engage. She’s worked in so many spheres: with big brands, with youth, with artists and makers—and done superb work with each and all of them. She is the voice of the future.

    - Van Jones -
  • The before and after on that was stunning.

    - Keith Dahl, National Manager Engagement Marketing | Toyota Motors, Inc. -

Public Speaking

Zakiya is a leading voice on how to deepen impact within diverse communities using culturally relevant strategies.. She speaks to large and small audiences at corporations, colleges, and conferences nationwide.Her talks and workshops are both informative and inspirational. She has partnered on a various types of events including:

Additional speaking topics include:
Social Enterprise
It’s no secret that business as usual no longer works and we all must embrace a new way of doing things. Now more than ever, sustainability is key to giving you a competitive edge in today’s economy—financially, environmentally, and socially. The concept of the triple bottom line means that business success is no longer limited to monetary gain but also includes the impact an organization’s activities has on society. Learn how 21st century businesses are adopting the Social Enterprise model as a tool to building an optimal business environment in which to thrive while tackling societal problems through social innovation.
Engaging Diverse Communities
Some describe the process of engaging diverse communities as daunting, especially, when it comes to a new issue, campaign or initiative. However, it’s been my experience that engagement challenges are the results of a lack of familiarity with the cultural norms and values that influence how diverse communities engage with new or unfamiliar groups and organizations. Drawing from several disciplines this workshop covers real world approaches to engaging community, generating social value and nurturing viable ways of being in community.
Simple Shifts
A greener environment rests on all of us. But it’s easier than you think to make your home a little greener, and get back a little green in your pocketbook in the process. Learn simple tips for greening yourself, your home and your community.


Appearances & Clients

Here are some of the places I've spoken at and clients I've worked with.



We are all stewards of this earth.

Contact Zakiya

Don't hesitate to get in touch to discuss your next project or to invite Zakiya to speak at your next event.

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