Harper Bishop has nearly a decade's worth of professional experience in community-based organizations. During that time, Mr. 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. Mr. 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, is a co-founder of Cooperation Buffalo, and currently serves as co-Chair of the national New Economy Coalition.
His work at Open Buffalo afforded Mr. Bishop the opportunity to stand in solidarity with the Fruit Belt neighborhood, a historically African-American/Black neighborhood on the near East Side of Buffalo, as residents organized to launch the F.B. Community Land Trust in response to the rapid gentrification and displacement affecting long-time city residents, specifically people of color, low-income and working class.