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Meena Harris
Born
Meenakshi Ashley Harris

October 20, 1984 (1984-10-20) (age 36)
Education Stanford University (BA)
Harvard University (JD)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Nikolas Ajagu
Children 2
Parent(s)
Relatives Harris family

Meenakshi Ashley Harris (born October 20, 1984) is an American lawyer, children's book author, producer, and founder of the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign. In June 2020, Harris released her first book from HarperCollins, entitled Kamala and Maya's Big Idea, which is based on the story of her mother, Maya Harris, and aunt, Kamala Harris, the Vice President of the United States.

Early life and education

Meenakshi Ashley Harris was born in Oakland, California, on October 20, 1984. Her mother, Maya Harris, is a lawyer and policy expert. Her aunt, Kamala Harris, is the Vice President of the United States and a former United States Senator from California. Her grandmother, Shyamala Gopalan, was an Indian-American cancer researcher and civil rights activist, and her grandfather, Donald Harris, is a Jamaican-American professor of economics at Stanford and civil rights activist.

Harris received her bachelor's degree from Stanford University in 2006, and her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 2012. She graduated from Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland.

Career

Harris is the founder of the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign, founded in 2017 as an organization that brings awareness to social causes. Ambassadors for the campaign include Serena Williams, Jessica Alba, Mark Ruffalo, Tracee Ellis Ross, Viola Davis, Yara Shahidi, Janelle Monae, Sarah Silverman, Debbie Allen, Rosario Dawson, Van Jones, Lizzo, Cecile Richards, and more. In September 2018, Harris also coordinated a full-page ad in the New York Times with Alicia Garza, founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network, to demonstrate national support for Christine Blasey Ford and survivors of assault.

In 2020, Harris released her first children's book from HarperCollins entitled Kamala and Maya's Big Idea, which is based on the real story of her mother, Maya Harris, and aunt Kamala Harris.

Previously, Harris also served as Head of Strategy & Leadership at Uber, and worked for international law firm Covington & Burling, Slack Technologies, and Facebook.

During Kamala Harris's successful 2016 campaign for the U.S. Senate, Harris served as a senior advisor on policy and communications. From 2016 to 2017, Harris served as a commissioner on the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women.

In December 2020, it was announced that she and Brad Jenkins, would launch a production studio called "Phenomenal Productions".

On January 19, 2021, she released her second book, Ambitious Girl.

Personal life

Harris is married to Nikolas Ajagu. They have two daughters, Amara and Leela.

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