Fred Harris, Trustee
AB 1234 Certificate of Completion
Fred has served on the Reclamation District 1000 Board of Trustees since May of 1998. During his tenure on the board, he served as Board President from 2000 to 2006. Currently he chairs the Personnel Committee, and serves on the Finance and Legal Committees An effective administrator, open and encouraging of innovative approaches to solving problems, he brings his many years of legislative, budgetary and governmental experience to the board.
He retired as the Vice President of Administrative Services at Gavilan College in 2019. As the Chief Business Officer, he was responsible for leadership and administration of all aspects of the business operations supporting the college, including finance, facilities, information technology, contracted services, loss control, and public safety.
For 17 years Fred was the Assistant Vice Chancellor of College Finance and Facilities Planning in the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. Fred led a team responsible for monitoring all 72 community college districts’ financial condition and enforced district compliance with state and federal fiscal requirements to ensure the appropriate annual expenditure of $5 billion in state funds for support of the system’s 114 community colleges. He was also responsible for the allocation of state funds for the system’s 80 million square feet of facilities at over 200 sites in California. He spearheaded the development of the FUSION database system that has resulted in community college districts receiving over $25 billion in local and state bond funds in the last decade to rebuild and expand their facilities.
Fred has also worked for 11 years as the Lead Consultant on the California Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee #2. In that role, Fred advised Legislators on fiscal matters involving the support, local assistance and capital outlay expenditures of over 30 state agencies, including issues involving flood control. He excelled at negotiations that brought diverse and often conflicting political constituencies together to enact legislation with appropriations from an assortment of funds.
Fred has received numerous awards, including national recognition as the Best Ambassador for Green Schools in 2012 by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council for leading the 72-district community college system toward minimizing its environmental impact by reducing energy use through energy efficiency and energy conservation and adoptions of sustainable practices.
A Sacramento native and Natomas resident since 1988, Fred and his wife, Teri live in South Natomas. His two adult daughters were raised here and attended Natomas schools.