Jack L. Harper is vice president, treasurer, and CFO at the Kettering Foundation.
Harper has more than 27 years of public and private experience in tax law and corporate governance. Most recently, he was vice president, corporate tax at Discover Financial Services in Riverwoods, Illinois, where he led the Tax Department and oversaw all the company’s tax functions, controls, and activities. He is also formerly a senior director with Walmart, where he was responsible for tax planning for the company’s US operations. In addition, he led Walmart’s federal and state tax audit teams and created the company’s Global Tax Controversy Center of Excellence aimed at mitigating worldwide tax audit risks and exposures.
Harper received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina; a Master of Science in taxation from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado; and a law degree, with honors, from the School of Law at North Carolina Central University. He is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed attorney, and a past chair of the Tax Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. Harper was named to North Carolina’s 2008 Legal Elite, one of North Carolina’s best lawyers, as identified by fellow tax attorneys in the state.
He formerly served on the advisory boards of New York University’s State and Local Tax Institute and Vanderbilt University’s Hartman State and Local Tax Forum. He also previously served on the board of the Taxpayers’ Federation of Illinois.
Harper and his wife, Sharon, an attorney for Walmart, have a blended family of three daughters and five grandchildren.