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Scott Cooper new NeighborImpact director


The NeighborImpact Board of Directors is excited to announce that Scott Cooper has accepted their offer to become the new executive director of NeighborImpact, succeeding its long term retiring executive, Sharon Miller.

Cooper joins NeighborImpact from the Partnership to End Poverty. He will assume his duties on September 24.

For the past two years, Cooper was the executive director of the Partnership to End Poverty. Prior to that, Cooper led Crook County as Judge/Administrator, implementing and creating policies that supported local residents.

He previously served two terms on the Oregon State Housing Council and recently concluded a term on the Oregon Commission on Children and Families, where he served on the executive committee.

He is also the long-time treasurer for Mosaic Medical and chair of the regional Public Transit Advisory Committee. He served 14 years as chair of the regional economic development board, and is a former chair of the regional workforce quality committee. Since 2009, he has been a member of the Crook County School Board.

In addition to a local nonprofit background in Oregon, he also has worked in large national nonprofit organizations in Indianapolis and Denver. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia.

“There are few issues more important in our region than supporting the basic needs and developing the skills of our community members in need,” Cooper said. “I look forward to following Sharon’s great leadership and working with a strong team to build and even stronger presence for NeighborImpact in Central Oregon.”

“This is an exciting time for Scott Cooper to become the executive director of NeighborImpact, as our region slowly climbs out of the economic recession our country has experienced,” said Karole Stockton, Board of Directors President.

“I have great confidence in Scott’s ability to lead and collaborate with our dedicated staff in continuation of NeighborImpact’s mission to assist community members in need. Scott’s Central Oregon roots and affiliations with local, state, and federal groups will be a benefit to all members of our community.”

Cooper will be leading one of Central Oregon’s largest nonprofits, a multifaceted service agency with 10 major programs, 15 offices in the tri-county area with a cadre of roughly 200 employees and an annual budget of $14 million.

Cooper was chosen from a qualified pool of more than 60 candidates after an extensive nationwide search.

Since 1985, NeighborImpact has been a leader in developing solutions and bringing resources to Crook, Jefferson and Deschutes County. It offers a diversity of services meeting basic human needs for food and shelter, while enriching people’s lives by providing access to increased education, skills, and hope for the future.

NeighborImpact is a private nonprofit organization that receives federal, state and local funding; foundation grants; and donations from individuals and businesses in our community. To learn more about NeighborImpact please visit

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