Born, raised, and represents Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Tamir D. Harper works to reconstruct the field of education and empower every youth to reach their highest potential.


Tamir D. Harper is a rising college freshman and a Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholar at American University studying Secondary Education and Political Science. 

When Tamir was 17 years old, Tamir Co-Founded UrbEd Inc., a nonprofit that advocates for a quality and efficient urban education, by working to disband the school-to-prison pipeline, increase teacher diversity, improve building conditions, and advocate for local control of schools.

Tamir has a mission to create sustainable change for generations. With that mission, Tamir has had the honor of serving in many capacities. Tamir currently serves as the National Student Officer for Educators Rising, and as the Executive Director of UrbEd Inc. He formerly served as the National Policy Director for Student Voice and as the longest serving Commissioner on the City of Philadelphia Youth Commission. He has had the opportunity to serve as a three year member of the School District of Philadelphia Superintendent’s Advisory Council and as a member of the School District of Philadelphia k-12 Counseling Advisory Group and as the Chairman & Commissioner of the Philadelphia Youth Commission. Serving in those capacities has educated, empowered, and inspired him about youth and advocacy work. In 2016, Tamir traveled to Washington, D.C. to serve on a panel for the United States Office of Education concerning teacher diversity moderated by former Secretary of Education John King and started working with Black Male Educators for Social Justice to improve teacher diversity. 

Holding true to his passion, Tamir believes that students should receive diversity in their schools, funding in their schools, and a quality education that allows every student to succeed. Tamir will continue advocating for all youth in similar situations and strives to play a role in creating sustainable change for generations.                  

Tamir looks forward to returning to Philadelphia and entering the classroom after graduating from American University.




  • UrbEd Inc. - Executive Director 
  • Educators Rising - National Student Vice President
  • Black Youth Network - Programs Director
  • Black Male Educators for Social Justice - Ambassador
  • DT Consulting - Co-Founder & Principal Consultant


  • Joanna McClinton for State Rep - Former Campaign Aide
  • Chavous Consulting - Former Special Projects Intern
  • School District of Philadelphia - Former Student Adviser 
  • Student Voice Inc. - Former Policy Director
  • City of Philadelphia Youth Commission - Former Commissioner
  • High School Dems of Pa - Former Relaunch Chair
  • Ben Waxman for State Rep - Former Deputy Field Director 
  • National Association of Youth Leaders - Former VP for Recruitment & Management



  • Speaker: Teacher Diversity at WHYY & WURD Town Hall 
  • Speaker: Finding your Passion at TeenSHARP  
  • Speaker: Equity at School District of Philadelphia Meeting 
  • Speaker: Keynote Speaker at The Future Project Graduation
  • Speaker: My Story at the Student Achievers Award Ceremony


  • Moderator: My Brother's Keeper Philadelphia First Convening
  • Moderator: School District of Philadelphia Lindback Principal's Award
  • Moderator: School District of Philadelphia Lindback Teachers Award





  • Panelist: Black Male Educators for Social Justice Convening
  • Panelist: National Summit on Teacher Diversity
  • Panelist: Philadelphia Forum on Advancing Black Male Educational Success
  • Panelist: Can't Blame the Youth Summit
  • Panelist: Teach For America Teachers Graduation Ceremony
  • Panelist: 50CAN Staff Orientation Training 
  • Panelist: Drexel University Moonshots in Education with Esther Wojcicki


  • Presenter: Technology in Education at ISTE
  • Presenter: Technology in Education at EduCon 
  • Presenter: Reforming Education through Policy at EducatorsRising National Conference
  • Co-Presenter: A Conversation about Social Justice for All, in Schools and Beyond at EduCon