Keecha Harris DrPH, RD
Principal
KHA, Inc.

Keecha Harris is President of KHA, Inc., a national public health consultancy. She has led planning, technical assistance (TA), and evaluation of publicly and privately funded efforts across a broad range of topics and themes. Her diverse group of clients includes the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, General Mills Foundation, and the HHS Community Food and Nutrition Program. She recently co-facilitated a learning community of public and private funders in the Southeast that focused on scoping opportunities for impact investment. She also led a learning community that targeted community health enterprise and social investments for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work grantees and their partners.

Dr. Harris provides consultation to BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota, My Marshall, and Schwan Food Company in the development of a community wellness initiative that stemmed from the interests of the local business sector. The project has been sustained over time to facilitate the planning and evaluation of a national philanthropic effort to reduce obesity and diabetes among Native American children. She is leading her company in conducting a 40-year retrospective evaluation of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s $1.4 billion TA investments.

Dr. Harris serves as the recording secretary for the HHS Regional Health Equity Council (Region IV); trustee on the Grants and Finance Committees of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation in New York; ambassador to the National Dairy Council; and member on the Executive Team for the Spelman College Parent and Family Association. She also serves on advisory bodies for the Alys Stephens Center for Performing Arts and Girls, Inc. at a national level. She is the Birmingham City representative for GirlTrek, a national walking initiative aimed at inspiring black women and girls to lead their healthiest lives.

Dr. Harris previously authored a weekly nutrition column for msn.com and served as a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). She received a BS with honors from Iowa State University, RD pre-certification from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and an MPH and DrPH from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her honors and awards include a German Marshall Memorial Fellow, W.K. Kellogg Foundation Food and Society Fellow, Birmingham Business Journal Top 40 Under 40 awardee, AND Recognized Young Dietitician, and distinguished alumnus awards from both Iowa State University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.