Who We Are

Richard Harris
Richard HarrisPresident and Founder of Block Island Maritime Funding, Inc.
An avid sailor, Richard has participated extensively as watch captain in many offshore races, including in Bermuda, Halifax and Long Island Sound. He currently owns a restored Block Island 40. Richard founded Block Island Maritime Funding Inc., in 1996 after a career in commercial insurance. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and a graduate of Brown University, where he completed a B.A. in international studies and extensive graduate work in finance.
Liz Harris
Liz HarrisVice President/Director
Originally from Michigan, Liz is a graduate of Skidmore College with a degree in English Literature, and a minor in theater. Liz brings many years of managerial sales and customer relations experience to the team.
She has 3 grown daughters and has lived in Kennebunkport for 33 years prior to moving to Newport, RI recently. Liz loves the ocean, boating adventures and dogs.
Nat Harris
Nat HarrisFleet Manger
Nathaniel is an entrepreneur with extensive experience in social enterprise environmental start-ups. As Richard’s son, Nathaniel has sailed on boats from a young age. In 2001, he and his wife lived aboard a 52′ Malahide trawler for three years with their children cruising the East Coast. He now lives in Providence and is the former board chair of The Steel Yard and is actively serving as facilitator for a Rhode Island non-profit peer leadership group. He received a BA in Fine Arts from Connecticut College and is a graduate of Sea Education Association of Woods Hole, MA.
Linda Watts
Linda WattsDirector
Linda is a graduate of Simmons College, and she taught English for a few years in Pennsylvania. She has 1 daughter, 2 sons and 7 grandchildren. Linda “retired” to Rhode Island in 2010, and has been involved with BIMF for 6 years. The beach and ocean call to her, and she loves anything marine and nautical.
Buddy, our mascot, is a 7 year old Portuguese Water Dog and serves admirably as an inspector for various boats we accept as donations. You will find him swimming at various boatyards when not on duty.