After graduating from Tulane University with a Masters in accounting and a BSM in finance, Harper went to work for Malesardi, Quackenbush, Swift & Co, LLC in Englewood, NJ, a tax and accounting firm that specializes in working with local not-for-profit organizations. While working there, Harper realized how much he enjoyed the work he did to help these organizations fulfill their goals and missions. He became involved with Hope Shines after attending one of their fundraisers in the city and being moved by the dedication displayed by its members. Deciding he wanted to do more to help, Harper accepted an offer to join the Board of Directors. He currently serves as the organizations Treasurer, where he uses his experience working with not-for-profit organizations to help Hope Shines grow and become an even greater force for good in the lives of the children it helps.