Teara Harris is the Community Building Associate at Groundswell. She is passionate about using her skills as an outreach specialist to build up people in traditionally underserved communities and to bring change and unity while connecting people in her community to the resources they need. As the Community Building Associate, Teara leads outreach for the Save On Utilities Long-term™ (SOUL) program, and she has actively sought out additional ways to support the communities Groundswell serves through the SOUL program.
An ardent advocate for those who have no voice and those struggling to improve their lives in one way or another, Harris has extensive experience in the human resources industry. Prior to working at Groundswell, she worked 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.
Teara is an unstoppable force in her community and never takes no for an answer. As a volunteer leader, Teara founded Communities of Tomorrow, a local non-profit organization with the mission to provide community outreach and workforce development. She is also involved throughout Troup and Meriwether County supporting entrepreneurship and helping women to expand or start their own business. She serves on the SHRM Workforce Development board and the Sweetland Amphitheatre Advisory Board.
Teara is a graduate of Bauder College and studied at DeVry University. She is also OSHA certified and she has pursued extensive leadership training that led to her AIDT Certification in Leadership Development I and II and a certification in Emotional Intelligence.
Teara was born and raised in LaGrange, Georgia, and she is proud to say that while she endured many hardships in life, those experiences slowly laid the foundation for who she is today.