Piper holds her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and her BSBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Most recently, Piper was an economic development and sustainability consultant, working with non-profits, foundations, and government agencies on projects to create jobs, develop entrepreneurial communities, and reduce CO2 emissions. Prior to Kellogg, she worked for 3 years in the Operations Planning & Analysis group at the Walt Disney Company and for 2 years at a boutique investment bank advising parties to corporate bankruptcies. She grew up in Dallas, Texas, but has lived in North Carolina, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago.