Natalia's Story

Natalia S. Harris is a career public servant who currently serves as a Chief City Attorney and is the first African American and woman to serve in this position. Natalia began her legal career right after law school in Montgomery County as an Assistant Prosecutor in 2000 and then served in the Columbus City Attorney’s Office from 2004-15 as an Assistant City Prosecutor, Police Legal Advisor, and Assistant City Attorney. In 2015, she then became the first African American woman to serve as the Cincinnati City Prosecutor. She then became the first African American to serve as the Delaware City Prosecutor in 2019 before accepting her current role.

Ms. Harris attended Columbus City Public Schools and graduated from Columbus Alternative High School before attending Central State University, Ohio’s only public Historically Black College and University. She then went on to graduate from the University of Dayton School of Law and was admitted to the bar of the Ohio Supreme Court in 2000, the United States District Court bar for the Southern District of Ohio in 2001, and the United States Supreme Court bar in 2019.

Ms. Harris has frequently been recognized for her advocacy for youth and crime victims, as well as her ongoing commitment to the public she serves. In September 2023, she received the Think Make Live Youth Legal Advocacy Award and in August was welcomed as a 2023 Ohio State Bar Foundation Fellow for exemplifying the highest standards of professionalism and commitment to serving communities. Finally, in 2019 she was recognized by YWCA of Greater Cincinnati for Outstanding Service on behalf of Crime Victims and was also inducted into the Central State University National Alumni Association Achievement Hall of Fame, which included a proclamation from the State of Ohio thanking her for her achievements as an exemplary Ohioan.

Natalia also currently volunteers as the Secretary of the Central State University Board of Trustees, as a Crisis Intervention Advisory Board member for the State of Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services, and acts as a mentor for the Ohio Supreme Court Lawyer-to-Lawyer program. She also served as a Board member for the Cincinnati Bar Association and the Summer Work Experience in Law “SWEL” Program, which is a pipeline program for African American students interested in the legal profession.