Chair

Since 1990, Ben Harris has served as the Minority Business Enterprise Administrator for the City of Tallahassee. Upon his arrival, Ben guided the city through its initial MBE Disparity Study in 1990 and the study’s update in 2002. He has continued to work for greater opportunities for Minority and Women owned Business with the City of Tallahassee, and to that end has helped to institute many beneficial policy changes. He was appointed by Governor Lawton Chiles to serve on the first statewide MBE Certification task force and has served on numerous local and national boards including; Florida Association Of Minority Business Enterprise Officials, (FAMBEO) where he assumed the office of President in November 2008, May is Small Business Week, Big Bend Minority Enterprises Development Week Committee, Capital City Chamber Of Commerce (Founding Member), Conference Of Minority Public Administrators (Past National Board Member) and The American Contract Compliance Association (Past National Board member). He was selected as the “2009 Small Business Advocate of the Year “ by the FAMU Small Business Development Center. Currently Ben’s Office is a part of the City of Tallahassee’s Economic and Community Development Department where his duties also include Economic Development, as well as the International Affairs and the Sister Cities Programs. He is also an award-winning photographer. Ben has a Juris Doctorate from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. He is married to Cynthia Ryan-Harris and is the proud father of two lovely daughters, Denise DeCarla Harris of Tallahassee and Stacie Bene Harris, Esq. of Tampa, Fl.