Carla Harris is a vice chairman, managing director and senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley. She formerly headed the Emerging Manager Platform, the equity capital market’s effort for the consumer and retail industries, and was responsible for Equity Private Placements. In her 30-year career, Harris has had extensive industry experiences in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and healthcare sectors. In August 2013, Harris was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council.
Harris was named to Fortune Magazine’s list of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America,” Fortune’s “Most Influential List,” U.S. Bankers “Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance,” Black Enterprise’s “Top 75 Most Powerful Women in Business,” and “Top 75 African Americans on Wall Street.” Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Harris received an MBA from Harvard Business School and an AB in economics from Harvard University.
Harris is the author of the books “Strategize to Win” and ”Expect to Win.” Harris is also a singer; she has performed at Carnegie Hall and has released three gospel albums.