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CEO and Founder, Principals with Principles, LLC

Ebony L. Harris is a strategic, innovative, compassionate and creative native Washingtonian.  Over more than two decades, she has served thousands of DMV area children and educators in a multitude of teaching and educational leadership capacities. She has spent the last eleven years  as the principal of one of the most diverse schools in the nation where nearly one thousand students representing over 40 countries and speaking nearly 30 languages learn and grow each year.  During her tenure as principal, she was instrumental in creating an instructional model to support newly arrived refugee and immigrant students. The program has been studied and duplicated in schools within the United States and Australia.  She has shared her expertise in articles for the Washington Post, Education Week and during  several podcast interviews.  She  is very knowledgeable in the areas of  early brain development,  building leadership capacity and cultural responsiveness.  

Ebony’s personal mission is to support, inspire and encourage people to discover and unleash the most authentic version of themselves. During the spring of 2022,  she founded Principals With Principals, LLC (PWP, LLC). PWP, LLC provides coaching, consulting, strategic planning and personal/professional development to individuals, groups and organizations. She is currently working with a group of over 20 women of color who are aspiring or existing entrepreneurs as they build their business while taking care of their most valuable asset-themselves.   

In addition to being an active member of the birdSEED Advisory Board, she serves on the Board of Directors for School Home Connections, an organization that provides support and resources to refugees and immigrants.



Our housing justice program offers down payment grants to qualifying BIPOC first time home buying residents in the DC and Philadelphia areas. Awards range from $5,000 to $15,000 and grants are made multiple times per year until funds are expended.

The application/review process is straight forward and uncomplicated.

Our Board of Advisors reviews applications, interviews finalists and identifies grantees. This is a partnership with the Greater Washington Community Foundation who supports the administrative complexity so we can very simply help people buy homes. *

Applicants must identify as one of the following: American Indian, Indigenous, Alaska Native, Asian, Pacific Islander, Black, African American, Hispanic or Latinix birdSEED has made 29 provisional grants to date. The total grant pool available was $215,000. Additional funds have been raised from supportive community members who shared our vision of simple, no strings financial down payment grants that accelerate the home buying process. If you are positioned to give, please do. Needs are great, resources are limited and your help is essential.

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