Morgan Stanley Managing Director Carla Harris has been appointed by President Barack Obama as Chair of the National Women’s Business Council.

The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is a non-partisan federal government council created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, Congress and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women entrepreneurs.

“Congratulations to Carla on her appointment to the National Women’s Business Council. Her tremendous energy, experience and vision will make her an excellent advocate for women in business,” said James Gorman, Chairman and CEO of Morgan Stanley.

Carla Harris is Vice Chairman of Wealth Management and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. She also serves as Chair of the Morgan Stanley Foundation and sits on the boards of several community organizations. Harris began her career with the Firm in the Mergers & Acquisitions department in 1987.

“I am honored and delighted to lead the National Women’s Business Council,” said Carla Harris. “The NWBC’s vision for female business owners and their role in our national economy is a strong one. I look forward to collaborating with my fellow Council members as we work to add to the millions of female business owners in the United States and to motivate those women aspiring to achieve as producers, innovators and leaders.”

Regarding the new appointments announced this week, President Obama said “I am grateful these accomplished individuals have agreed to join this Administration, and I’m confident they will serve ably in these important roles. I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years.”

Since the announcement, congratulations have poured in from all over the nation.

“We are honored to have Carla on our board and congratulate her on this honorable appointment,” said St. Vincent’s HealthCare President & CEO Moody Chisholm. “She has a distinguished career and cares deeply about making a difference in our community and our country.”

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