Andrea Harris Equity Task Force

Andrea Harris Equity Task Force

About the Task Force

Reestablished under Executive Order No. 268, the Andrea Harris Equity Task Force has been reconstituted to further the economic development of disadvantaged communities, improve health and wellness outcomes in underserved communities and advance equitable and inclusive practices within state agencies. Read the press release announcing the Task Force's reestablishment here.

First established under Executive Order No. 143, the Andrea Harris Social, Economic, Environmental, and Health Equity Task Force addressed the social, environmental, economic, and health disparities in communities of color disproportionally impacted by COVID-19 before sunsetting June 4, 2022. The five focus areas of the original Task Force were: Access to Healthcare, Economic Opportunity and Business Development, Educational Opportunity, Environmental Justice and Inclusion, and Patient Engagement. 

About Andrea Harris

A native North Carolinian, the late Andrea Harris was a trailblazer for minority businesses and communities. A graduate of Bennett College, Harris became one of the youngest community agency directors in the nation, helping fight poverty across three rural North Carolina communities.

Unwavering in passion to help others, she co-founded the Durham-based NC Institute of Minority Economic Development in 1986 to support minority and women-owned businesses, serving as president in 1990. After retiring from the Institute, Harris continued to serve on several boards including a 2017 appointment to the state's Advisory Council for Historically Underutilized Businesses.

She is a recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Order of the Long Leaf Pine — the highest award for state service granted by the Office of the Governor — as well as an honorary doctorate from her alma mater.

Lunch & Learn Sessions: Implementing DEI for Your Business

External Mentor & Supplier Diversity Programs

Internal DEI Trainings and Employee Business Resource Groups

Diversity in Recruiting, Hiring & Training

Meeting Information

 

2023 Meeting Dates
TBD

For meeting minutes, email Jordan Hanna jordan.hanna@doa.nc.gov

2022 Task Force Members

Member Name Professional Affiliations
Pamela Cashwell

Secretary, NC Department of Administration

Betty Marrow Taylor

Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer, NC Department of Commerce

Annette Taylor

Director, NC Department of Information Technology Office of Digital Equity & Literacy 

Debra Farrington Deputy Secretary & Chief Health Equity Officer, NC Department of Health & Human Services
Stephanie McGarrah Executive Director, NC Pandemic Recovery Office
Tunya Smith Director, NC Department of Transportation Office of Civil Rights
Shannon Palmer Director, NC Department of Transportation Office of Historically Black Colleges & Universities Outreach
Jordan Lopez

Policy Assistant, Governor’s Hometown Strong Office

Greg Richardson

Executive Director, NC Department of Administration Commission on Indian Affairs

Yahel Humberto Flores

Carolinas State Director, American Business Immigration Coalition
Member, Governor’s Advisory Council on Hispanic/Latino Affairs

Adrienne Spinner

Director of Organizing, NC Housing Coalition
Member, NC Department of Administration Council for Women Advisory Board

Annette Stevenson

President, Stevenson Consulting Group
Member, Governor’s Historically Underutilized Businesses Advisory Council

Andrew Spainhour

Senior Vice President, Counsel Replacements LTD
Member, NC Department of Administration Commission on Inclusion 

Dr. Shun Robertson

Vice President for Access & Access Strategy, UNC System Office

Dr. Angela Alvarado Coleman Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, North Carolina Central University
Juvencio Rocha-Peralta Executive Director, Association of Mexicans in NC (AMEXCAN)
Kevin Price President & CEO, The Institute 
Haihui Huang

President & CEO, iPearl Inc.
President, Chinese American Economic & Cultural Association 

Dr. DeWarren Langley

Executive Director, Charles Hamilton Houston Foundation Inc.

Dr. Lenora Richardson Campbell Former Dean, NC A&T State University College of Health and Human Sciences
Dr. Sonyia Richardson Associate Professor, UNC Charlotte School of Social Work (PhD, MSW, & LCSW)
Quinny Sanchez Lopez

Health Care Access, Stakeholder Engagement & Community Outreach Manager, Unite Us (MSW)

Yazmin Garcia Rico

Director of Latinx Policy, NC Department of Health & Human Services

Trey Rabon III

President, AT&T North Carolina

Dr. Cedric Bright Dean of Admissions, ECU Brody School of Medicine 
Dr. James Johnson, Jr.

Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship and Director of Urban Investment Strategies Centers, UNC Kenan-Flagler School of Business 
Chair, NC Department of Environmental Quality Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) Advisory Board

Margaret Weller-Stargell President & CEO, Coastal Horizons
Agency Liason Professional Affiliations
Gianna Quilici

Policy Analyst, NC Department of Administration Office of the Secretary

Emily Roach Director of Policy & Strategic Planning, NC Department of Commerce
Carolina Fonseca Jimenez 

Diversity & Equity Manager, NC Department of Environmental Quality
Member, NC Department of Environmental Quality EJI Advisory Board

Michael Leach Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary, NC Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Secretary
Tracey Burns Deputy Secretary for Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, & Inclusion, NC Department of Natural & Cultural Resources
Victoria Blackwell Environmental Justice Policy Advisor, NC Department of Transportation Office of Civil Rights
Michael Arnold Deputy Director & COO, NC Office of State Budget & Management
Dr. Andrea DeSantis Policy Advisor, NC Office of the Governor