Michelle Cooper is the Manager, Development and Strategic Partnerships at The Weiss Institute and Say Yes To Education. The Institute is an initiative of Say Yes to Education that helps expand the capacity of communities to support young people along the developmental pathway from early childhood to adult success. The Institute partners with communities to address inequities and boost economic development, and does so by marshaling the field’s best thinking, best practices and latest research, as well as by drawing on 30 years of Say Yes’ own experience, expertise and lessons learned.
In addition to organizing and tracking our donor systems, Michelle thoughtfully works to identify, research and strategize around new prospective partnerships and projects.
Prior to joining the Institute, Michelle served as the Development and Human Resources Associate at Fahari Academy Charter School, where she found her passion for urban education. At FACS, Michelle cultivated relationships with both local and national partners to enrich not only the school, but the community at large. She also worked as a Project Coordinator at The JFM Group, LLC. At JFM, she facilitated aggressive fundraising strategies tailored to various high profile charity events in New York City. Michelle is a graduate of the State University of New York at New Paltz with a bachelor’s degree in English and Women’s studies.
In her spare time, Michelle enjoys spending time with friends and family, attending concerts and cooking.