Harper Bishop is the Deputy Director of Movement Building at PUSH Buffalo, whose mission it is to mobilize residents to create strong neighborhoods with quality, affordable housing; to expand local hiring opportunities; and to advance economic and environmental justice in Buffalo, New York.
He has nearly a decade's worth of professional experience in community-based organizations. In that time, Bishop has trained and developed grassroots leadership, written and advocated for progressive policies, and organized for economic, social, and racial justice in his hometown of Buffalo, most recently as the Director of Economic Development at Open Buffalo. Bishop's long history in community-controlled, placed-based economic development is also nationally recognized. He has been a Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) Local Economy Fellow, and is also Co-Founder of Cooperation Buffalo and Co-Chair of the New Economy Coalition.
His work at Open Buffalo also afforded him the opportunity to stand in solidarity with the Fruit Belt neighborhood, a historically African-American/Black neighborhood on the near East Side of Buffalo to found the F.B. Community Land Trust in response to the rapid gentrification and displacement of longtime city residents, specifically communities of color, low-income and working class people, and marginalized LGBTQ folx. He now sits on the board of directors as a public stakeholder. Bishop is a proud trans man, who lives with their partner on Buffalo's West Side and wholeheartedly believes in building the Beloved Community.