Juanne Renee Harris joined NCRCR on July 12, 2010 as the Campaign Director. She brings to the position a diverse professional background and is an experienced attorney, marketing and sales professional, and community organizer.
Juanne was previously a Senior Litigator with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York City, and has also served as a judicial law clerk for a federal District Court judge. She left Paul Weiss in 2008 to join the Obama-Biden Ohio Campaign for Change as a member of the Voter Protection Attorney Team where she worked to encourage voter participation, resolve voting rights issues, and assist the field organization with “Get Out the Vote” initiatives. She was also in-house counsel for Tribeca Enterprises LLC, a diversified media company operating a network of branded entertainment ventures, including the Tribeca Film Festival.
Prior to practicing law she spent eight years as a marketing and sales executive in the sports and entertainment industry with National Football League Properties, Inc. and Gameface Ventures, a privately owned sports and entertainment marketing and athlete management firm.
A native New Yorker who attended the Bronx High School of Science, she graduated from Dartmouth College with a History degree, received a Masters of Business Administration from The Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and completed her law degree with honors at St. John’s University School of Law.
She is skilled at building effective, collaborative working relationships with diverse groups including individuals, corporate entities and community organizations. Throughout her career she has sought to maintain a sense of civic duty and incorporate public service in both her professional and personal life with a focus on civil rights and youth programs.
Having graduated from a previous run as a National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights (NCRCR) Media Intern, Tricia Perry has re-emerged as NCRCR’s Web Coordinator. Prior to her return, Tricia spent fourteen months in Rio de Janeiro as a Fulbright scholar, studying the discrimination experienced by people living with HIV/AIDS in Brazil. She also continues her translation work for Rio-based AIDS NGO Grupo Pela Vidda, acting as a linguistic and cultural liaison between the organization and its international funders.
Tricia has worked as a new media researcher and blogger on issues of health care, racial justice and immigration for The Opportunity Agenda, a partner organization of the Campaign dedicated to building the national will to expand opportunity in America. She also spent a number of years working as a paralegal in immigration and litigation.
Tricia holds a M.A. degree in Media Studies from New School University, and a B.A. in Spanish and Anthropology from Smith College. During her undergraduate career, she spent a year studying at the University of Costa Rica and worked as a STRIDE scholar/research assistant to Professor Jay Garfield of the Department of Philosophy, editing and co-authoring work in human rights, Buddhist philosophy, and cognitive science.
Marianne has been involved in the National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights since its inception. In 2010, she joined the legal staff at Earthjustice, where she is working on environmental issues affecting human health. From 1999 to 2009, she served as General Counsel to New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), where she oversaw the litigation and advocacy program, focusing on issues of disability rights, environmental justice, and access to health care.
Marianne was previously a staff attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), where she worked on litigation and advocacy within LDF’s Poverty & Justice Program, representing clients attempting to break barriers of access to health care and quality education. In this capacity Marianne was responsible for developing a health care docket aimed at addressing the scarcity of health resources in medically underserved communities; discriminatory practices by the health care industry, including nursing homes, and also managed care organizations; lack of access to reproductive health services; and related issues of environmental justice. She also organized the legal effort in the late 1990s to save the public hospitals in New York City. The education docket included case development, trial, and appellate work at the state and federal level to guarantee equal educational opportunity across racial and class lines.
Marianne has taught at Seton Hall University School of Law and graduate and undergraduate level courses in public administration, health policy, and education law at Baruch College. She holds a B.A. in government from Cornell University, a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.A. in Politics from Princeton University. Her publications include “Unfinished Agenda: The Need for Civil Rights Litigation to Address Continuing Patterns of Race Discrimination and Inequalities in Access to Health Care,” “Breaking the Barriers of Access to Health Care: A Discussion of the Role of Civil Rights Litigation and the Relationship Between Burdens of Proof and the Experience of Denial,” “Evaluating Systems for Delivering Legal Services to the Poor: Conceptual and Methodological Considerations” (co-authored with Gregg G. Van Ryzin) and “A Question of Justice: African-American Legal Perspectives on the 1883 Civil Rights Cases.”