Harper Zacharias (they/them) is a mission and values-centric fundraiser, driven by a dedication to economic, racial and gender justice. They pride themselves in being an energetic self-starter with a proven track record of successfully implementing ideas that once seemed far too ambitious to be realistic, scaling grassroots organizations, and navigating the complexities of the nonprofit industrial complex. As the Director of Development at SWP, they oversee all aspects of fundraising and donor relations.
Before joining the Sex Workers Project, Zacharias served as the Development and Program Director at Trans Student Educational Resources, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving the educational environment for transgender youth, where they supported programs at more than 500 schools, quadrupled the size of the organization, and raised over $500,000 for transgender youth. They also worked at PEN America on the foundations and grants team. During their time at PEN, they were integral in securing over $3.5m in revenue.
They’ve presented on topics such as policies for trans youth in high schools and colleges, transgender narratives and disruptive storytelling, and the impacts of the Obama Administration’s rhetoric around queer issues. Zacharias received their BA in political studies with a focus on international relations and political theory at Bard College. While there, they spent three years as a research assistant for the Global and International Studies program, working on issues including great power transitions and U.S. foreign policy. Zacharias also received the prestigious Point Foundation Scholarship and was named a Hannah Arendt Scholar and Ralph Ellison Scholar.
In addition to their work with SWP, Zacharias is an active tenant organizer. Zacharias is originally from Chicago but currently resides in Brooklyn.