Relationship Manager, Tribal Administrative Services
Tribe: Catawba Nation
Elizabeth Harris has a passion for serving Native Nations. She joined FSA in September 2023 as a Relationship Manager on the Tribal Administrative Services team. In this role, she provides administrative services to tribes such as policy development, financial and grant management, as well as strategic planning.
Elizabeth is an enrolled citizen of the Catawba Nation located in North and South Carolina. She grew up in her tribal community located in Rock Hill, SC. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a Master’s degree in Communications. She is currently working on a second Master’s degree in Public Administration. Elizabeth has spent fifteen years of her career working for her tribe. Her first position was Small Business Coordinator in the Economic Development Department. In this role, she worked directly with tribal citizens who wanted to start or grow a small business. She helped with business plan writing and development and started a revolving loan fund. She then moved to the position of Community Planner. This position included transportation and land use planning, public relations, community events, and new program development. During her time in this position, she started the Catawba Transit Program and a public health program called Wellness Warriors. Elizabeth spent seven years in the Tribal Administrator position. During her time in this position the Nation grew significantly. She was able to work on many important projects while in this position including updating the Financial, Grants Management, and Procurement policies of the Nation, strategic planning with tribal leadership and department directors, restructuring the organization based on current and future needs, overseeing COVID-19 funding, and the initial development of Catawba Two Kings Casino in Kings Mountain, NC.
Elizabeth has served on many boards and committees including the Catawba Nation Economic Development Board and the Election Committee, Keystone Substance Abuse Services of York County Board of Directors, and Chair of the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) Tribal Administration Committee. During her free time, Elizabeth has been learning to make traditional Catawba pottery and enjoys spending time with family and friends. She resides in Fort Mill, SC.