Jasmine L. Harris is the director of advocacy for Gun Violence Prevention at American Progress, where she helps to develop and implement legislative and advocacy strategies at the local, state, and national levels. Harris joined American Progress following her role as associate director in the human rights and community relations department at the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). For more than six years, she helped to establish and strengthen local and state union-community coalitions on public K-12 and higher education issues in states such as Florida, Louisiana, and New York. Harris acted as the lead developer for trainings and curricula, helping to shift the public narrative through strategic communications and nationwide mobilizations.
Prior to joining AFT, Harris lived and worked for two years in Chuncheon and Seoul, South Korea, as an elementary and secondary English teacher and as a Gachon University of Medicine and Science career instructor. She also served as the legislative campaign manager in the Eastern region for the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, where she oversaw federal campaigns on issues including taxes and Social Security and directly recruited union members in 10 states to win key electoral victories. Harris supported labor-to-labor political engagement and improved relationships between local leaders and elected officials through lobbying and media outreach in key congressional districts. Harris began her career as the legislative director at the United States Student Association, representing more than one million students in the fight to advance free and quality higher education for all. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in economics.