Improving lives through invention

Cindy Cooper, Program Officer

As a Program Officer for The Lemelson Foundation, Cindy Cooper supports the U.S. and Developing Country Higher Education initiatives that promote Invention Education and invention-based entrepreneurship to improve lives. She also leads the Foundation’s efforts to equip tomorrow’s inventors with fundamental principles of environmental responsibility.

Cooper previously co-founded and served as the Executive Director of Portland State University’s Impact Entrepreneurs Program, where she served as faculty teaching social innovation and entrepreneurship, co-led PSU’s successful bid for recognition as an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus, developed social innovation incubation programs and co-led the creation of the nation’s first online academic and professional certificate in social innovation and entrepreneurship. Previously, she co-founded Speak Shop, an award-winning social enterprise for learning Spanish online by video conferencing with teachers in Guatemala. She also has experience in global marketing and has consulted to corporations, foundations and NGOs on social innovation and environmental impact projects.

Cooper holds a Global M.B.A. with distinction from Thunderbird School of Global Management and earned a B.A. summa cum laude in Psychology/Spanish from Claremont McKenna College.