David D. Harris

Cultural Entrepreneur

David is a cultural entrepreneur that works as a manager at TAF, where his focus is on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Integration and Entrepreneurial Education. He’s also a graduate student in the University of Washington’s Human Centered Design and Engineering Master’s Program.

His passion is facilitating resource-constrained communities learning, creating, and sharing of knowledge, tools, and materials to create feasible, culturally relevant opportunities for upward economic mobility.

In 2014, he formed Hack the CD - a collective of self determined social innovators focused on the creation of sustainable, equitable growth through entrepreneurship in the Central District of Seattle. Currently, they’re focused on answering the question, “How might we create fertile ground for the African American community in Seattle to grow with the city’s current tech boom?”


The Startup Advocate's charter is to support technology entrepreneurs through serving as a hub, both online at startupseattle.com and in person, helping triage obstacles to growth and connecting to resources. The role broadly serves the information technology sector including sub-sectors such as mobile, data, analytics, gaming/interactive technologies, consumer web, enterprise software, healthcare IT, internet of things, and beyond. 

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Human Centered Design & Engineering

Human-centered design is a research and design methodology that develops solutions to problems by involving the human perspective in all steps of the problem-solving process through user experience research and design, interface design, interaction design, product design, and human-computer interaction.

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