NIA HARPER’s passion for social and economic justice has directed her career choices. With 15 years of economic, workforce, and strategic business development experience, Nia has worked in leadership roles that call on her knowledge in human resources, entrepreneurship, and strategic partnerships in both the private and public sectors, including for the federal government, law firms, university systems, and large nonprofit organizations, and all aimed at improving small business success in underserved communities. Understanding the positive impact that the creation of viable employer options can have on empowering a community, she is also an entrepreneur whose consulting services focus on solutions for family financial self-sufficiency and the successful scaling of minority- and women-owned small businesses for job creation. Nia has an MBA from Northcentral University.
Atlanta seeks to create a web of support for Black- and minority-owned small businesses, helping to narrow racial wealth inequality in the city. To support this work, Atlanta is partnering with FUSE Executive Fellow Nia Harper to implement targeted support for minority, small-business owners as outlined in its economic recovery plan.