Christon Harris
The Office of Councilman Burges, Economic and Community Development Intern

As a New York City native, I’ve spent the last decade personally and professionally endeavoring to bolster and enrich the lives of young, disadvantaged people of color in urban areas. I’ve had the pleasure of running a print and online magazine, teaching magazine writing and design to high school students, running a college access and success program, and working as an educational consultant for a nonprofit based out of Brooklyn, NY. While I have previously approached community development through the lens of education, my thinking has since evolved.

My focus has shifted to creating sustainable urban community models that spur powerful community partnerships, stakeholder engagement, political activism, wealth redistribution, and more access to resources that will build a stronger framework for people of all backgrounds to thrive. To this end, I now attend Carnegie Mellon University working on my graduate degree in Public Policy and Management with the goal of working in the field of urban economic development. I also hold a B.S. in Communication from Cornell University with a double minor in Business and Nutritional Sciences.

Outside of academics, I am a member of the Urban League Young Professional’s Civic Engagement Committee and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.’s Alpha Omicron Lambda Chapter. Utilizing these platform and others, I strive to have an indelible impact on the lives of Pittsburgh residents.