During his ten years as Mayor of Honolulu, Jeremy Harris has built a reputation as a dynamic leader. He has worked to develop Honolulu, America’s 12th largest city, into a model city in the areas of land-use planning, environmental protection, alternative energy use and protection of streams and coastal waters.
In 1999 Harris founded the Mayors’ Asia-Pacific Environmental Summit, an organization of hundreds of Asian and Pacific urban leaders. At the recent World Congress in Athens, his program was praised as a model for global application. Harris has worked with Asian leaders, serving as the U.S. chair of the Japan/American Conference of Mayors and as a member of the executive committee of the International Council for Local Environmental Issues. His decade-long commitment to urban design and sustainability led to his recent appointment as a director of the National Board of the American Institute of Architects.
Harris began his political career as a delegate to the Hawaii Constitutional Convention in 1978. After chairing the Kauai County council, he spent nine years as managing director of the city and county of Honolulu. He was elected Mayor in 1994 and has served three terms. Harris also hosts popular weekly radio and television shows in Honolulu.
Harris has two undergraduate degrees in biology from the University of Hawaii and earned a master’s degree in population and environmental biology, with an emphasis on marine biology and human ecology, from the University of California at Irvine.