Doug Harris is a former All American college basketball who was drafted by the Golden State Warriors, and played overseas professionally. After his involvement in sports, he transitioned to work in the community services field with local government agencies in the Bay Area where he made a huge impact in the cities of San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and Richmond.
Harris’ career in media dates back to his years of work with Athletes United for Peace (AUP), a Berkeley based nonprofit committed to promoting peace, education and friendship through sports and media programs. While attending graduate school at California State University Monterey, he honed his skills in digital media at the university’s Teledramatic Art & Technology Institute and earned his Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.
As AUP’s executive director, Doug was responsible for the organization becoming a member of the United Nations as one of the worldwide NGOs through the UN’s Department of Public Information in New York, where he became an official NGO representative.
In his first role as a United Nations NGO representative, Doug coordinated the sports programme at the World Peace Conference in the Hague, Netherlands where AUP ushered in Sports Diplomacy, an initiative for athletes globally to become involved in peacemaking efforts through UNESCO. Doug also organized the Peace in Our Cities youth forum with other NGO groups from New York, Columbia, South America and Sierra Leone, Africa.
Harris also established and managed the organization's media division (AUP Media), that produced cable television programming and provided video production services and training for state and local government agencies, educational institutions, and other nonprofit groups in their East Bay community partnership network.
Over the years, Doug has built a solid reputation in the media as an award winning documentary filmmaker with over twenty films under his belt. His primary focus as a producer/director has been to bring intriguing untold stories to life through a warm and unique style ofstorytelling.
Harris' collection of films have covered topics that include sports biographies, historical events, communities, arts & culture, and politics. Doug's documentaries have been popular in the education field, where he guest lectures at colleges and universities throughout Northern California.
In 2014, Doug formed the Harris filmmaking team with his son Douglas Jr. and produced FAIR LEGISLATION: The Byron Rumford Story, a political documentary that aired during the 2016 General Election on PBS stations around the country. The film chronicles the life of the California assemblyman who authored the Rumford Fair Housing Act in 1963, that formed into Title XIII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act in 1968.
The team is currently producing McClymonds: School of Champions, about a high school in Oakland, California that produced a list of sports legends that includes Bill Russell, Frank Robinson, Curt Flood, and Jim Hines who each impacted the landscape of sports in America.