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Cynthia Viola Harris, American consultant. Certified teacher, administrator, California. Nominated Outstanding Woman of America, Alpha Kappa Alpha, 1981; recipient Capwell's Networker award, 1985; named Outstanding Youth Leader, National Business and Professional Board, 1981; named to Alameda Education Hall of Fame, 2001.


Harris, Cynthia Viola was born on August 18, 1948 in San Francisco, California, United States. Daughter of Gilbert and Mary Lee (barnes) Harris.


Bachelor in Speech, San Francisco State University, 1970. Master of Arts in Counseling, San Francisco State University, 1975. Doctor of Education, Nova University, 1987.


Teacher Martin L. King Elementary School, Oakland, California, 1971-1974. Teaching vice president Peratta Year Round School, 1974-1980, principal, 1980-1986, coordinator staff development, 1986-1990, director staff development, 1990-1991, coordinator recruitment, since 1991, assistant coordinator to superintendent community, parents, business ptnrships, since 1992. Principal Nystrom Magnet School, 2003—2006.

Regional superintendent Portland Public School, Oregon, 2006—2011. Principal Jefferson High School, 2007—2010. Board member League of Minovity Voters, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Portland.

Management consultant year-round education, leadership. Guest lecturer Mills College, LaVerne U. Coordinator Community, Parents and Business Partnership.

Coordinator coaches West Contra Costa Unified School District, 2002-2003. Development director Help Other People Evolve.


  • Certified teacher, administrator, California.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (teaching manual) All About Us, 1980.


Board directors Wiley Manuel Law Foundation, Charles Harrison Mason Scholarships. Member National Association Female Executives, National Association Principals, United Administrators Oakland, Alliance Black Educators, Black Summit (international enrollment manager), Glamor Working Women's Panel, Coalition of 100 Black Women, Phi Delta Kappa.


Gilbert Harris

Mary Lee (barnes) Harris