Jerome Harper is a Vice President and Senior Consultant in Northern Trust’s Corporate Social Responsibility practice. In his role, Harper is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic initiatives tied to Northern Trust’s CSR platform. Prior to this appointment, he was a Senior Program officer in the Community Affairs department where he was responsible for consulting with nonprofits seeking funding from Northern Trust through various programs both domestic and international. He also served as global manager of the Northern Trust Community Partners volunteer program that reports nearly 200,000 hours annually from employees as well as liaison for the award-winning Northern Trust United Way Campaign in Chicago and across the United States, which raised more than $3 million in 2012.
In 2013, the United Way awarded him with its Diamond Award for his work on the metropolitan Chicago campaign. He is also the recipient of the 2013 Connecting Cultures award from Changing Worlds.
Harper is the recent past global president of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Business Resource Council at Northern Trust. The council is responsible for providing guidance on company policy and support for business development activities as they relate to the LGBT community. Prior to joining Northern Trust in 2009, he worked as Manager of Donor Services for The Chicago Community Trust. He consulted with individuals, families and corporations on how best to match their philanthropic philosophy with best in class nonprofit organizations.
Harper is the current chairman of the United Way and Metropolitan Chicago’s LGBT resource group—United Pride and a past chairperson of the development committee for The Rebecca K. Crown Center of the Chicago Youth Center system where he served for four years. Today, he lends his expertise in nonprofit leadership and governance to several organizations in Chicago.