Teara Harris is a Community Building Associate at Groundswell who uses her skills as an outreach specialist to build up people in traditionally underserved communities. She is highly motivated to bring about change and unity while connecting people in her community with the resources they need.
Harris is a Georgia native, born and raised in LaGrange. She endured many hardships in life that slowly laid the foundation for who she is today — a passionate advocate for those who have no voice in the community and those struggling to improve their lives in one way or another.
Harris has extensive experience in the Human Resources industry, working for large corporations like DeVry University, Seoyon E-Hwa Interior Systems Manufacturing, and Yasufuku USA. This expertise is intertwined with her service as a Workforce Specialist highlighting her commitment to disadvantaged individuals in need of guidance, support, and resources.
Education and preparation have always been of utmost importance to Harris. She is a graduate of Bauder College and studied at DeVry University. She is also OSHA certified and a SHRM Workforce Development board member. She has also pursued extensive leadership training that led to her AIDT Certification in Leadership Development I and II and a certification in Emotional Intelligence.
In addition to her work in the Human Resources industry, Harris is the founder of Communities of Tomorrow, a non-profit organization with the mission to provide community outreach and workforce development. She also actively works in the political arena in Troup and Meriwether Counties in Georgia. She has partnered with Commissioner Shirley Hines from Meriwether County to provide West Central Georgia with the Entrepreneur Rural Workshop and additional resources to help women expand or start their own business. She has also partnered with Hogansville City Council Member Toni Stribling throughout her campaign and, after that, in various projects to improve and advance Hogansville.
Teara Harris is an unstoppable force in her community — she never takes no for an answer and works overtime to accomplish everything she sets out to do.