Pia Harris

Pia Harris

Pia Harris

Interim Chief Operating Officer

Pia is a dynamic force in San Francisco's economic development, formerly serving as Program Director of Economic Development and now as the Interim Chief Operating Officer at the San Francisco Housing and Development Corporation (SFHDC). At the core of her impactful initiatives lies a pioneering program, Minding My Black Owned Business, that has empowered 90 Black entrepreneurs, securing an impressive $1.2 million in grants. Pia's dedication extends beyond financial assistance; the cohorts also mentor businesses in transitioning to brick-and-mortar establishments, playing a pivotal role in revitalizing the Fillmore Corridor.

Pia's entrepreneurial acumen was pivotal in spearheading the establishment of "In the Black," a collaborative retail space designed to nurture and showcase the talents of Black entrepreneurs in the Fillmore. In The Black is just one initiative that exemplifies her commitment to fostering economic growth and providing a comprehensive, community-oriented platform for small businesses to find their footing in San Francisco and beyond.

Her journey in community development and entrepreneurship includes a significant tenure as the founder and CEO of catering business Nia Soul, where Pia demonstrated expertise in budgeting, cost controls, and profit analysis. Under her leadership, Nia Soul has continued to be a thriving catering business, achieving increasing profitability and sales throughout its many years of operation.

Her influence also permeates the cultural sphere, with her orchestration of major events such as the Fillmore Juneteenth and Western Addition Music Festival, to the lively SF Reggae Festivals. These events, drawing over 20,000 attendees, not only significantly benefit local businesses but also celebrate the community's vibrancy and culture in a transformative manner.

Pia continues to be an influential leader and advocate for community development, making a lasting impact on San Francisco's dynamic cultural and economic landscape.