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John Harper

Managing Director

For more than a decade, John Harper has worked with some of the nation’s leading voices in education reform and youth development. As a managing director at FSG, John helps social change agents clarify their vision for impact and develop strategies to support that vision. John blends external stakeholder engagement and strategic design thinking to help leaders achieve their goals for change. He brings to FSG a deep, explicit, and practiced focus on racial equity.

Before FSG

Prior to joining FSG, John worked as a consultant with a variety of clients including the New York State Education Department and the 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.


  • Oberlin College, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music, African American Studies and Vocal Performance

On working at FSG

“Throughout my career, I have worked to bring capital, resources, and other supports to communities of need. Joining FSG is a great opportunity to continue this core work in a new capacity. I look forward to working alongside the FSG team and our clients to help design strategies and evaluation systems that are both reflective of and responsive to the communities they are intended to support.”