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Shanai Harris

Shanai Harris is a double HBCU graduate. Harris is a proud alumnus of St. Augustine’s University (“SAU”) where she completed her Broadcast Communications degree, Magna Cum Laude in 1992. Upon graduation, Harris immediately launched her professional journalism career that spanned sixteen years. Shanai worked as a television news reporter and anchor at WECT-TV in Wilmington, NC, WITN-TV in Greenville, NC, WIS-TV in Columbia, SC, FOX CHARLOTTE in Charlotte, NC, and ABC COLUMBIA in Columbia, SC.

During her journalism career, Harris appeared on national television programs such as Fox News Channel’s Nightly Report with Shepard Smith, The Nancy Grace Show on CNN and covered other national stories such as the murder of Michael Jordan’s father; the murder of Carolina Panther Fred Lane and the arrest and trial of Carolina Panther Rae Carruth. Harris also became a Public Relations professional with the Tom Sawyer Company and owned and previously operated her own news and traffic company that serviced radio and television stations. Although her work kept her extremely busy professionally her personal engagements also kept her very busy often hosting events, serving as a motivational speaker and mentor to other young women journalists. But her love for SAU has always been a source of pride. As Primary News Anchor for ABC COLUMBIA Shanai participated in charitable events that have raised thousands of dollars for student scholarships at SAU.


In 2008, after a successful career as a television news journalist Harris decided to put down the microphone and enter law school at the Historically Black North Carolina Central University. After completing her first year of study at NCCU School of Law, Harris was selected after a nationwide search, to spend the summer in Chicago, Illinois as part of the American Bar Association’s Summer Judicial Intern Program where she clerked for The Honorable Diane Shelley, Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago, Illinois.

Also, while at NCCU School of Law Harris worked on Capitol Hill as a summer Legal Fellow for the Late Congressman Elijah Cummings where her interest in Financial Services began. Harris worked on statute interpretation and red flagging of amendments of the Dodd Frank Act and investigated the foreclosure of Baltimore church structures during the 2008 Real Estate Collapse.

Shanai also served as a student litigator in the Civil Law Clinic and practiced Criminal Law under supervised attorneys in her third year as a student intern at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina where she specialized in financial crimes.


Shanai Harris is currently licensed to practice law in New Jersey and North Carolina. Harris currently gets to combine her interest in Financial Services and the law as she works in Legal and Regulatory Response within in Financial Crimes Compliance Investigations at Standard Chartered Bank. Harris a member of the Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists Organization, the American Bar Association, New Jersey Bar Association and North Carolina Bar.

Harris is active in the community and serves on the Board of Directors for the Hudson County Latino Foundation (HCLF) where she is currently responsible for Human Resources for HCLF and formerly served as Chairwoman of the Education and Scholarship Committee. Shanai previously served on the Board of Directors for the non-profit Greater Newark Cares Mentoring Movement, an affiliate of the National Cares Mentoring Movement. Harris is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and resides in New Jersey.

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