About our National Founder & President
Rev. Shane Harris is a national civil and human rights activist, Foster care reformer, ordained minister, political analyst who is occasionally featured nationally on national news shows to discuss political and social issues, and Founder of The People's Association of Justice Advocates (PAJ) a national civil rights organization.
“Motivating”, “relevant”, “ambitious”, “educational”, “connected”, “consistent”, and “committed” are just some of the words that have been used to describe Shane Harris. Harris was born and raised in San Diego, CA. His preaching ministry began at the solemn age of 16 years old when he began to give some of his first sermons in the church. Every Sunday after church Harris would give a Sunday service in his bedroom and would preach to teddy bears as practice in his preaching ministry. He would later go on to be ordained in the church at 22 years old by Dr. John Wayne Ringgold of the Bethel Baptist Church (San Diego). He has constantly used his platform in the pulpit to speak out against systemic issues impacting foster children & communities of color even since his teenage years of preaching. He calls himself a preacher for the "rejects" empowering people who have been thrown out and rejected to get up and fight forward in life.
Rev. Harris’s passion for social justice and equality stems from his childhood. Harris spent over 13 years in San Diego's child welfare system and lost both of his parents before his 16th birthday. A victim of the unjust juvenile penal system, educational inequalities, and challenges of foster care, Harris has devoted his life to fighting for the voiceless and unheard of our communities across the Country. Growing up in southeast San Diego, he and many of his contemporaries encountered difficult challenges like gangs, drugs, educational failure, and denial of self-worth.
As a mover and a shaker from the city of San Diego, Rev. Harris has grown to be recognized as a national voice for the underrepresented. He was the lead founder and organizer of the National Action Network San Diego, Harris worked with both the Western Region and the National Founder and President of the National Action Network, Reverend Al Sharpton. He served on Reverend Al Sharpton's national staff as a civil rights organizer on the west coast for over four years. He cut his teeth at the National Action Network into civil rights and social justice organizing across the Country. Shane Harris has been praised and honored as a "Voice for the Voiceless" by former California Governor Jerry Brown, Former California State Senator Isadore Hall, the current California Governor Gavin Newsom, New York State Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, Actor Nick Cannon, and a host of other leaders both regionally and nationally. He is Armed with education, his personal journey, vocal clarity, national connections, and his personal salvation and walk with the Lord, it is abundantly clear that Rev. Harris, though a young man, has proven the ability to inspire belief and action Nationally as the years go on.
A powerful voice and visionary, Rev. Harris is taking the fight for civil rights and social justice to the next level across the nation. Harris is currently working with elected officials to address issues such as criminal justice reform policy, educational inequality, equitable hiring within the construction industry ensuring companies are following federal laws that require a diverse workforce, and fighting for cultural competency within the nation's child welfare system. He continues to lead movements across the Country to address the systemic issues people face every day. His work in making sure the voiceless are heard continues on a much broader scale as he continues to elevate those voices. He has founded a new national civil rights organization called The People's Association of Justice Advocates (PAJ) a bi-coastal national civil rights organization based on the eastern region in Washington D.C. & on the western region in San Diego, CA with other representatives throughout the Country. The People's Association of Justice Advocates (PAJ) mission is to empower citizens with lived experience to meaningfully address societal issues impacting them by introducing policy and legislative change to improve those conditions.