Ondray T. Harris
Ondray T. Harris is the former Executive Director of the Public Employee Relations Board (PERB), a quasi-judicial, independent agency that resolves labor-management disputes between agencies and labor. Prior to heading up PERB, Mr. Harris was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate to serve a four-year term as the Director of the Community Relations Service (CRS) at the US Department of Justice. As the Director of CRS, Mr. Harris managed the Agency in carrying out its Congressional mandate to work with communities across the United States in resolving race, color, and national origin conflicts and in employing strategies to prevent and respond to alleged violent hate crimes committed on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or disability. He analyzed the Agency’s legal sufficiency for entering U.S. communities, directed the scope of conciliation, mediation, and technical assistance to be provided to communities facing crises in the aforementioned jurisdictional areas, as well as set the policy for the Agency, and briefed the White House and the Attorney General and other Department of Justice colleagues on critical services offered, needed and/or provided by the CRS. Mr. Harris also represented the Agency before Congress. During his tenure at CRS, Mr. Harris created a five-year strategic plan for the Agency. In addition, Mr. Harris oversaw the outreach to communities throughout the country in the form of public speaking engagements and conferences, as well as assisted those communities in achieving and maintaining peace in schools, in neighbors, in tribal communities, and with competing sovereignties and governmental entities. Further, Mr Harris oversaw the legal matters of the Agency and ensured compliance with federal laws.
Before serving as the Director of CRS, Mr. Harris served as Deputy Chief of the Employment Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice. Prior to being a Justice Department lawyer, Mr. Harris served as a partner at LeClair Ryan, where he practiced complex litigation. Earlier in his career, he served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Office of the Attorney General. As an Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Harris represented the Virginia in federal and state courts matter involving Constitutional Law, Title VII and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Creditor’s Rights, as well as other issues. In addition, as Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Harris was counsel for the Virginia Council on Human Rights. Mr. Harris received an Associate of Arts degree in liberal arts, a bachelor’s degree in history from Hampden-Sydney College and a Juris Doctorate from Washington & Lee University.