Phyllis Harris

  • Phyllis Harris, Senior Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

    Phyllis Harris is the Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer for Walmart Stores, Inc. Phyllis leads an interdisciplinary team of compliance professionals who identify, mitigate and monitor the operational compliance risks for domestic business divisions. Previously, as Vice President for Environmental Health and Safety Compliance, Phyllis was responsible for developing and overseeing environmental compliance programs.

    Prior to coming to Wal-Mart in 2006, Ms. Harris served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. where she was responsible for leading the nation’s environmental enforcement and compliance assurance programs. In 2001, Ms. Harris was the recipient of the Presidential Rank Award by President George W. Bush for sustained leadership and performance. Prior to her appointment as Deputy Assistant Administrator, Ms. Harris served as the Regional Counsel for US EPA’s Southeastern Office in Atlanta, GA.

    Phyllis Harris received her law degree from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law and her BA from Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. Ms. Harris is on the Board of Directors for the Environmental Law Institute; on the Board for the University of Florida’s Environmental Law and Land Use Program; and on the Board of Directors for the NWA Headstart Program. Ms. Harris served as the Co-Chair of the Retail Industry Leader’s Association’s Environmental Compliance Subcommittee and is a past Trustee of Converse College, one of the oldest women’s colleges in the United States.

    Business and Professional Associations

    • Trustee, Converse College, Spartanburg, SC
    • Board Member, University of Florida, Levin College of Law, Environment and Land Use Program
    • Board Member, Northwest Arkansas Headstart
    • Board Member, Environmental Law Institute
    • American Bar Association, Section on Environment and Energy, Distinguished Environmental
    • State Bar of Georgia



    • JD, University of Florida, Levin College of Law
    • BA, Converse College, Spartanburg, SC


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