Ken Harris is president and CEO of the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce. In this role, he is responsible for helping advance minority-owned businesses throughout the state, both regionally and nationally. Known for his innovative style and visionary approach to addressing societal and economic challenges within disadvantaged, minority and underserved communities, Harris founded the International Detroit Black Expo in 2005. He was appointed chairman of the Human Rights Commission for the city of Detroit by Mayor Duggan in 2014. Additionally, he serves on Gov. Snyder’s Urban Initiatives Strategic Planning Task Force.
Harris is the recipient of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2007 Minority Business Advocate of the Year award and was inducted into Who’s Who in Black Detroit’s Most Influential. He was also inducted into Crain’s Detroit Business’s “40 under 40” in 2007 and received the 2008 Excellence Award for Economic Empowerment by 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit Inc.