WASHINGTON, Nov. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) Board Chairman, Jim Clifton, announced the appointment of Phyllis P. Harris, senior vice president and general counsel of Legal Operations at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and Gail Thomas, vice president of US Public Sector at Microsoft, as TMCF’s two newest members of its Board of Directors.
Phyllis Harris leads Walmart’s corporate team of attorneys and legal professionals in the areas of employment, intellectual property, information security and corporate governance and affairs law. Additionally, she manages data and analytics, diversity and inclusion programs, outside counsel management, and other programs to support the talent development of Walmart’s legal team.
“It’s an honor to serve on the TMCF board,” said Harris. “Helping our nation’s youth with access to opportunities for higher education is critical today and for generations to come. For more than 10 years, Walmart has been supporting TMCF and its commitment to academic achievement and success for students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. I look forward to continuing to support this important mission and goal of furthering higher education dreams and aspirations of so many.”
Before joining Walmart in 2006, Harris spent twenty years with the US Environmental Protection Agency where she was a member of the Senior Executive Service and served as the deputy assistant administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance in Washington, DC and Regional Counsel in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2001, Ms. Harris was conferred the rank of meritorious executive by President George W. Bush for sustained superior accomplishments.
As vice president of US Public Sector at Microsoft, Thomas leads a large team of sales professionals serving federal, state and local governments, and education customers across the country. Their goal is to ensure the United States continues to lead, prosper and remain competitive by delivering innovative Microsoft products to help empower these organizations to achieve more.
“An integral part of the Public Sector work I have the privilege of leading is a mission near-and-dear to my heart: empowering every student on the planet to achieve more. For over a decade, through our Thurgood Marshall College Fund – Microsoft (TMCF-MS) Software Grants and TMCF Technology Initiative, we’ve invested directly in member schools’ digital infrastructure in an effort to best prepare students, faculty, and administration with cutting-edge tools and software, said Thomas. “Every year we continue to be impressed by the talented set