Alumni Engagement / Mike Harris ’91
Favorite class: Environmental Landscapes
Favorite professor: Paul Shepard and John Rodman
What keeps you busy now: Fighting for animal rights while raising a 7 year old son
What is your dream job: I have it. I direct a wildlife law program from an international animal advocacy organization.
What book is currently on your nightstand: A Small Porch by Wendell Berry and Saint Augustine: A Life, by G. Willis
Best question to ask in an interview: I always like when an applicant asks questions about how the job impacts the mission of our organization. It shows me a dedication to our organization and advocacy, not just an interest in a job with us.
What do you miss most about Pitzer: Just having the time to read and learn. It is a gift that we have in College and so hard to maintain in every day life with work and family.
What is your most memorable Pitzer moment: Tamarisk bashes with John Rodman.
Top networking tip: Get offline—make calls and have coffee dates!
Where are do you work/what is your title: Director, Wildlife Law Program, Friends of Animals
What is your favorite part of your job: Protecting animals, of course!
How did you get into your current line of work: After Pitzer and law school, I worked for a number of non-profits as legal counsel. In 2013, I approached Friends of Animals about developing an in-house legal program. They said yes without hesitation. Six years later the Wildlife Law Program is recognized a leading animal legal advocacy group.
Favorite quote: It is never too late to be what you might have been. -George Eliot
Last thoughts: Just that I know in my heart that without Pitzer I would never have become what I am today. Pitzer instilled in me the believer needed to do this type of work.
Submitted August 2019