Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center, MS
Federal Emergency Management Agency, Biloxi, MS.
Awards, Civic and Community Affiliations
Theta Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
NAACP & SCLC
Civic Action & Jaycettes
NCNW & FEW
Krewe of Renaissance
Outstanding Young Woman of the South
Portia J. Harris was appointed on August 2, 2021 and will serve as Supervisor until the November 2021 Special Election. She is serving in memory and honor of her late husband, Supervisor Melton Harris, Jr., who passed away on July 13, 2021. He was serving his fourth term as Supervisor at the time of his death. Their three adult children are MAJ DeDeanna Donise Harris-Smith, Marcus T. Harris and Melani P. Harris Rankins and their six grandchildren are Marcus II, Jamison, Nicholas, McKenzie, Kennedy and Quinton. Portia Harris is the daughter of the late Mamie V. Fairley.
In her free time, she enjoys playing Word Games, Jumble, Sodoku, and listening to classical, instrumental, easy listening, gospel and jazz music.
1973 graduate of Tougaloo College, earning a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
1967 graduate of the former Magnolia High School, Moss Point, MS