Jean Cooper

Education: MBA from the Lokey School of Business at Mills; B.A. in Government from Mills College

Recent projects include: Buck Insitute for Education, Emerald Cities Collaboration, MIT CoLab, Memphis Public Library and Information Center, Canal Alliance (present), San Francisco Foundation, Buffett Early Childhood Institute, Community Housing Partnership (CHP)

Personal interests include: Showing horses, cooking, gardening, live music, and traveling

Jean is an independent nonprofit consultant specializing in the development and implementation of strategic initiatives, systems change management, program design, and evaluation. Jean has a special knack for translating strategic vision into effective mission-driven programs that support transformational change. Previously, Jean was the Director of Community Building at the GLIDE Foundation, responsible for the programmatic direction and administration of the organization’s core programs serving the homeless, including GLIDE’s Daily Free Meals Program. During her tenure, Jean additionally served as the organizational “pinch hitter” by assuming interim roles as the Director of Volunteer Services and Director of the Workforce Development Division, as well as leading the annual budgeting process and oversight of all GLIDE events. Prior to GLIDE, Jean worked as a research and analysis consultant for projects including East Oakland Neighborhood Revitalization Project and several transit-oriented housing developments, and as a forensic auditor of bond measure capital projects.

Currently, Jean’s work is centered on the development of effective workforce development programs that serve vulnerable populations, including reentry, homeless or at risk of homelessness, and high-risk youth. Jean’s current clients include the GLIDE Foundation, OCCUR, the Tenderloin Hunger Task Force, and Community at Work. Jean earned her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Government from Mills College and her MBA from the Lokey School of Business at Mills.