Shenika “Nik” Harris, she/her, is a proud queer gender non-conforming attorney, advisor, activist, and speaker. She is a native of Tallahassee, Florida and obtained her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Florida A&M University and her law degree from Florida State University. She is licensed to practice law in Florida and Washington DC.
She is Chair of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) South Florida Steering Committee and serves on the National Board of Governors. She serves on the board for IGNITE Women’s Services, Vice-President of the Dolphin Democrats (Broward County’s LGBTQ Democratic Caucus), Vice-President of the Florida LGBTQ Democratic Caucus and is a BIG in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Pride Program.
In 2014 she helped found “Thou Art Woman”, a signature open mic event, with her friend and fellow attorney Ghenete “G” Wright. The event series celebrates LGBTQ women and their allies through performance and visual art. She served as a Senior Attorney in the State of Florida prior to her appointment by Commissioner Nikki Fried as as the LGBTQ Consumer Advocate to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. This is the first position of its kind to a member of the Florida Cabinet.
She is the 2019 recipient of the Ruth’s List: Women Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award. She is the 2020 recipient of the LGBTQ Leadership Award by the Florida Diversity Council. Nik is an award-winning Toastmaster and speaks across the country in support of equality. She also conducts trainings on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her partner is Jasmin Lewis, an educator and activist.