Assistant Vice President
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Dr. Cooper has dual titles as the Assistant Vice President for Public Partnership & Outreach and the Director of Texas Target Communities. Dr. Cooper earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics as well as his Master’s in Urban Planning from Texas A&M before completing a PhD in City and Regional Planning at University of North Carolina (UNC).
Dr. Cooper’s research and teaching focuses on participatory planning, particularly as it relates to emergency planners seeking to prepare socially vulnerable populations during and after disasters. From 2005-2010, he was a Program Director at MDC Inc. in Durham, NC, where he directed the FEMA-funded Emergency Preparedness Demonstration Program (EPD). The EPD was a $2.5 million effort to increase disaster awareness and preparedness in marginalized communities in eight (8) states along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.
Dr. Cooper serves on the Advisory Board for the UNC Coastal Resilience Center and on the boards of directors for the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities and the Bill Anderson Fund.