Who is Meena Harris?

MEENA Harris has been drawing some attention as her personal and professional brands have taken off after her aunt, Kamala Harris' inauguration.

It has been reported that White House lawyers have told Meena “stop trying to build her brand and profit off her aunt."

Who is Meena Harris?

Meena is a Harvard-educated lawyer, the founder and CEO of Phenomenal, a best-selling children's author, and the niece of Vice President Kamala Harris.

While the 36-year-old has been successful for quite some time, the inauguration of her aunt as the first female, Black, and Asian person to hold the role has thrust her even further into the limelight.

Meena is the daughter of Maya Harris, Kamala's younger sister who is a civil rights lawyer and public policy advocate, who led the nation's largest ACLU affiliate in Northern California.

In an interview Meena explained: "I grew up surrounded by these strong, brilliant women who showed me what it meant to show up in the world with purpose and intention."

What does Meena Harris do?

Meena built a pretty impressive resume after graduating from Stanford University and the Harvard Law School.

Before heading to law school Meena worked as the community operations manager at Facebook.

After her Harvard graduation, she served as a judicial law clerk at the D.C. Court of Appeals and then went on to become a data privacy and cybersecurity attorney.

She then went back into the tech world working as the senior policy manager at Slack and the head of strategy and leadership at Uber.

It doesn't sound like Meena had a lot of free time on her hands but while she was at Slack she founded an organization called Phenomenal.

Phenomenal is a female-focused organization that focuses on spreading awareness and supporting various women's rights social justice movements.

Most recently she has released two best-selling children's books, Kamala and Maya's Big Idea in 2020 and Ambitious Girl in 2021.

What is her company Phenomenal doing?

The Phenomenal Instagram account describes the company as a, "Female-powered lifestyle brand bringing awareness to causes & culture. 100% Black and brown owned + women led" to its 632K followers.

The company announced in 2020 that they will be partnering up with Brad Jenkins to launch a production studio, Phenonemal Productions.

The campaign covers a wide array of issues, including education, healthcare equity, criminal justice reform, women in STEM, reproductive health, and political representation. 

Ambassadors for the campaigns include big names such as Serena Williams, Jessica Alba, Tracee Ellis Ross, Viola Davis, Yara Shahidi, Janelle Monae, Rosario Dawson, Lizzo, and many more.

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