Carla A. Harris is currently Vice Chairman of Wealth Management and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. She was Chair of the Morgan Stanley Foundation from 2005 to 2014. She was previously Managing Director in the Institutional Advisory Group at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. She also headed the Emerging Managers Platform and the equity capital markets effort for the Consumer and Retail industries and was responsible for raising private equity capital for emerging companies in all industries as the head of equity private placements. Ms. Harris has extensive industry experiences in the consumer, technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and healthcare sectors.
For more than a decade, Ms. Harris was a senior member of the equity syndicate desk and executed such transactions as initial public offerings for UPS, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Ariba, Digitas, Redback, the General Motors sub-IPO of Delphi Automotive Donna Karan, and others. As a Wall Street banker, Ms. Harris has accomplished much being named to Fortune Magazine's list of "The Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America", and to Fortune's "The Most Influential List" 2005, to Black Enterprise Magazine's "Top 50 African Americans on Wall Street," to Essence Magazine's list of "The 50 Women Who are Shaping the World," Ebony's list of "15 Corporate Women at the Top," The Network Journal's 2005 list of "25 Most Outstanding Women in Business" and was named Woman of the Year 2004 by the Harvard University Black Men's Forum.
Ms. Harris graduated magna cum laude in Economics from Harvard University. After her undergraduate career, Ms. Harris attended and graduated from the Harvard Business School with a Masters of Business Administration.
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