Before joining Wheelhouse, Ms. Cooper served as an independent
consultant and as longtime advisor on pre-K-to-14 education
issues for the leader of the California State Senate. In that
role, she shaped and shepherded the Pro Tem’s education agenda,
provided counsel on education budget matters, and led multi-year
campaigns to increase quality pre-kindergarten opportunities for
low-income children, reduce the number of high school dropouts,
and strengthen high school-post-secondary pathways. She is a
Senior Fellow at the Stuart Foundation, President of the Board of
Directors of the nonprofit EdSource, and brings deep experience
in project management, policy advocacy, communications,
government relations and philanthropy.
Housed at the
UC Davis School of Education, Wheelhouse supports and
cultivates current and future community college leaders
through professional development and research.
Wheelhouse convened its first annual cohort of
21 sitting and aspiring community college presidents and
chancellors in 2017, bringing them to UC Davis for multiple
institutes during the year featuring intensive professional
learning and peer support.