Career Spotlight: Phyllis Harris (JD 85), Leading Wal-Mart’s Environmental Compliance

Published: November 20th, 2006

Category: Feature

Phyllis HarrisPhyllis Harris has been protecting the environment through the power of law for almost two decades, and now she is joining the compliance team at the nation’s largest retailer.

Harris was promoted to vice president of environmental compliance for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., where she oversees environmental compliance throughout all Wal-Mart’s more than 4,000 facilities and stores nationally.

“I view my job as ensuring that we comply with all environmental laws as well as to help develop our environmental sustainability programs,” said Harris.

Harris began her career at the Fortune 500 company in January 2006 as a senior divisional director for asset protection for the Southeast Division.

Previously, she worked at the Environmental Protection Agency for 19 years where, as deputy assistant administrator for the Officeof Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, she was the senior career official responsible for managing the agency’s largest staff andhelping set and execute national environmental enforcement policy.

After devoting her entire legal career to environmental law within the public sector, Harris said this is the job she’s been waitingfor. “This is a dream job because I can really contribute to the company’s environmental compliance and make the world’s greatestcompany even better,” she said. — Natalie Caula