Michelle White Becomes Harris & Associates CEO

Concord, CA – 

On January 1, 2024, Harris & Associates (Harris) appointed Michelle White as the firm’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Michelle brings strong business acumen, deep industry knowledge, and a proven ability to lead high-performing teams to the role. She’s served as Harris’ Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Consulting Division President since 2021. Michelle joined Harris in 2018 as Chief People Officer, heading the firm’s Human Resources, Learning and Development, Information Technology, and Administrative functions.

“Michelle is a strategic and inclusive leader, the ideal choice to guide Harris into the future,” said outgoing CEO, Steve Winchester, who will serve on the Board of Directors until later in 2024. “Her planned promotion to CEO honors our succession strategy and ensures continuity for our clients and project teams. We’re all eager for Michelle to shepherd Harris’ next phase of growth."

“Opportunities abound for Harris to do more of what we do best: build equitable, resilient, and sustainable communities,” Michelle says, “Empowering our people to live our purpose, vision, and shared values—across Harris and in the communities we serve—remains my highest priority.”

Alongside the Harris leadership team, Michelle will continue to nurture a dynamic and inclusive company culture. “Our employee-owners work smarter together to deliver innovative solutions for our clients,” she reflects, “And that’s exactly how we’ll take Harris forward, actively seeking diverse perspectives to achieve our goals.”

About Harris

Harris is a 100% employee-owned company focused on helping communities solve today's complex challenges in planning, financing, environmental compliance, civil engineering, and construction management. Our offices and project sites span the West Coast in California and Washington with a staff of over 260 employee-owners. We focus on serving clients in the municipal, water, transportation, and education markets. www.WeAreHarris.com

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