Elizabeth M. Harris

Elizabeth M. Harris

Acting General Counsel

Ms. Harris is Acting General Counsel for the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone. She most recently held the position of Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey. In that position, Ms. Harris represented the United States in investigations and prosecutions of federal criminal laws including wire fraud, the RICO statute, money laundering, drug trafficking, firearms trafficking, tax evasion, and child exploitation.

Ms. Harris also practiced at the law firms of K&L Gates, LLP, and Duane Morris LLP, where she represented corporations and individuals in white collar investigations and commercial matters in both federal and state courts in New York and New Jersey. Ms. Harris clerked for the Honorable James L. Cott, U.S.M.J., Southern District of New York.

Prior to her career in law, Ms. Harris taught history and technology at the Beacon School, a New York City public high school.

She received a B.A. in Communications with a minor in Business Administration from Fordham University, an M.A. from Columbia University, Teacher’s College, and a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law.