Malcolm Harris, Director of Programs & Organizing

Malcolm Harris joined T.R.U.S.T. South LA’s team as our Director of Programs  & Organizing in May 2014. Malcolm came to T.R.U.S.T after 10 years organizing with the Service Employee’s International Union (SEIU)- International.  As an organizing coordinator with SEIU, he ran strategic union organizing campaigns throughout the US and Canada, bringing thousands of new members into the Union.  Before SEIU, Malcolm was Program Coordinator for the AmASSI Center of South Los Angeles, a health and wellness agency whose primary focus is creating wellness programs for youth and adults of African descent in South LA. In 1997, as Education Coordinator with the Community Coalition’s (CoCo) South Central Youth Empowered thru Action (SCYEA), Malcolm and the SCYEA high school youth --through strategic organizing and mobilization -- were able to shift more than $250 million to South LA schools, which are some of the oldest schools in the District, with the largest student populations.  An Oakland Native, and Santa Monica High School grad, Malcolm organizing teeth were cut growing up watching his grandparents as community leaders/organizers in the city that became East Palo Alto, mainly due to their and other leaders’ work.  While studying at UCLA, Malcolm worked with Community Programs, serving as the co-director of the African Education Project.  Malcolm recognizes that POWER in poor and working class Black and Spanish speaking communities can only be built through solidarity, recognition/understanding of community issues and needs, and strategic planning that involves the community itself as the primary leader.