Michelle Dupree Harris is a graduate of Gannon University. She also holds a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from the College of Saint Elizabeth. Michelle has worked as an Elementary Education teacher for 29 years. She’s currently serving her fifth term as a Councilwoman-at-large. Michelle participated on the following Morristown Boards and Commissions: the Housing Authority, the Parking Authority, and the Environmental Commission. Throughout her years of service, Michelle has been recognized for forming a variety of community-based programs in Morristown.
During her tenure at The Morris County Urban League as the Educational Director, she introduced her debut program “Bridging The Gap”, a reading reinforcement program that fostered a partnership between the Morris School District Elementary students and local senior citizens.
Acknowledging that teenage mothers were in need of resources other than nutrition and children’s health, Michelle redesigned the “Teen Mothers Program” to include resources and platforms providing educational & employment opportunities. Michelle partnered with BASF to educate teenage mothers on economic success, environmental protection, and social responsibility through training programs.
Mentorship and guidance has always been important to Michelle, and one of the many contributing factors to encouraging people to help others. She was later selected, as a local affiliate, to implement the pilot program “Not All Brothers Should Be Fathers”, which was an initiative from the National Urban League. After success with her previously established programs, she went on to form the Lafayette 4H Group along with former Councilwoman, Connie Montgomery. The Lafayette 4H Group was a non-traditional club ranging from ages 5-18 that operated for a period of 10 years with paid staff once per week.
Michelle has exhibited true leadership through her commitment to her community in the following positions: Council President, Council Vice President, member of the National Education Association, member of the Parent Advocacy Council for Education (Morris School District), member of the Morris County Democratic Committee, member of the Morristown Democratic Committee, member of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, member of the Volunteer African American Caucuses: Women’s & Disabilities, member of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, member of the League of Woman Voters, member of the Morristown Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., member of the Morris County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, member of the Morris County Chapter – NAACP, member of the National Action Network, member of the Institute of the Black World, member of “Grow It Green” Morristown, member of the Morristown Coalition/Northern Jersey Health Collaborative, and a member of the Creative Council of Morristown.
Within the past three years, Michelle indulged in an entrepreneurial venture, launching Dupree Designs LLC, a Art & Literature company. In her efforts to furthering her commitment to her community, she began to advocate for individuals with intellectual disabilities, along with coordinating and implementing the National Wide Program – The Moneywise Financial Empowerment Tour in collaboration with Boston Media and the Morris County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
Michelle is passionate about meeting the needs of the entire community through addressing past, existing, and emerging issues of: Affordable Housing, health, education, environment, employment, recreation, and entrepreneurship. Michelle is also seeking to address the gentrification issues in her community, which has become a pressing issue.