David J. Harris is the Managing Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice and a lecturer at Harvard Law School. David has extensive experience in many facets of civil rights issues. Prior to his position at the Houston Institute he served as founding Executive Director of the Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston. David is recognized as a leading voice for civil rights in the Boston region and has spoken extensively at local, regional and national forums on civil rights, regional equity and fair housing. David previously served with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and with the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University, a B.A. from Georgetown University and is a lecturer at Harvard Law School. David currently chairs the Massachusetts Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He lives in West Medford with his wife and son.