Harper Bishop is currently a community organizer for the Coalition for Economic Justice, which unites labor, faith, and community-based organizations and activists to win campaigns that promote economic justice for all through building strong, diverse and sustainable communities. Prior to that Harper was the Senior Legislative Assistant to Delaware District Council Member Michael J. LoCurto. They led on the development and implementation of a progressive policy agenda, which included the first-ever Participatory Budgeting process in the city of Buffalo. Harper was also the Executive Director of Buffalo First, the BALLE affiliate in Buffalo, from 2010-2013. Under their leadership, Buffalo First hosted the 2013 BALLE conference, and opened people's eyes up to the potential for a localized community founded on the principle that people matter most. Harper is a 2013-2014 BALLE Local Economy Fellow. 


  • Championed significant alterations to the trajectory of redevelopment at Buffalo’s historic waterfront to favor locally owned businesses.
  • Advocated for the successful passage of Benefit Corporation legislation in New York State.
  • Facilitated transfer of over $100,000 in community assets into local credit unions and banks in a single day.
  • Successfully advocated for governmental accountability and transparency, a living wage for part-time and full-time workers, and other high-road economic development principles at the Webster Block.
  • Significantly altered the shopping habits of community members during the holiday season and year-round.
  • Sits on the Private Sector Council of One Region Forward, a cross-sector partnership of public, private, and nonprofit stakeholders in an initiative to increase coordination, collaboration, and sustainable growth across Western New York.


  • Future of Justice Award from the Coalition for Economic Justice, 2011
  • Going Good Award from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
  • Green Business Award from State Senator Antoine Thompson