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John Harper

Managing Director

John Harper brings an explicit focus and commitment to racial equity and uplifting the voices of historically marginalized communities. His work focuses on the intersecting systems impacting the lives of individuals, and as such, he works with an array of foundation, corporate, and nonprofit clients in education, youth development, and cross-sector collaboration. John helps social change agents clarify their vision for impact and develop the strategies to support that vision, blending authentic stakeholder engagement and strategic design thinking to help leaders achieve their goals for change.

Before FSG

Prior to joining FSG, John worked as a consultant with a variety of clients including the New York State Education Department, Facebook Education, and the Roddenberry Fellowship. For more than a decade, he has worked with some of the nation’s leading voices in education reform and youth development, including senior leadership and development roles with America’s Promise Alliance and Turnaround for Children. 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.”