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A Warm Welcome to John Harper, FSG's New Managing Director


We’re delighted to welcome our newest managing director, John Harper, to our leadership team.

FSG’s purpose is to help foundations and corporations use their power to create a more equitable world. John’s passion and talent for social impact is a perfect fit with our mission. He brings a deep, explicit, and practiced focus on intersectionality and racial equity, along with extensive experience leading strategic planning efforts, education sector experience, and strong relationships with leading foundations and corporate funders.

For over a decade, John has worked with some of the nation’s leading voices in education reform and positive youth development, holding multiple senior leadership roles in influential organizations. Prior to joining FSG, John consulted with a variety of clients including the New York State Education Department and Roddenberry Foundation. Previously, he served as vice president of resource development for America’s Promise Alliance, the nation’s largest network of people working to improve the lives of children and youth. Before America’s Promise, John led development efforts for Turnaround for Children as their vice president of development, where he helped transform Turnaround from a small school support organization to a national thought-leader on how to reimagine the American public education system.

John also served as vice president of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship, an intensive leadership development program for talented African-American men. He began his career in public charter schools, working with Friends of E Prep Schools (now Breakthrough Schools) and Uncommon Schools, where he helped to secure more than $20 million to support the expansion of both networks.

John is based in FSG’s San Francisco office, where he works alongside consulting colleagues as well as staff from the Collective Impact Forum and the Shared Value Initiative, two of FSG’s three learning communities that provide tools and relationships for change agents. 

As foundations and corporations alike re-examine their roles in systems that create and perpetuate inequity, John’s inclusive leadership style and innovative strategy is necessary. We’re thrilled that he’s joining us and look forward to introducing him to you.