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Land Trust Alliance Names New Vice President

July 16, 2012 | Land Trust Alliance | Washington, D.C.


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David Cooper Appointed to Lead the National Organization’s Development Team


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- David R. Cooper, a seasoned nonprofit executive, today was appointed Vice President, the Land Trust Alliance announced. Cooper will lead the development team in its work to provide vital resources to advance the Alliance’s mission of increasing the pace, improving the quality and ensuring the permanence of land conservation.  

Cooper was most recently chief development officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where since 2004, he provided oversight and strategic direction for development efforts. His work included the $175 million “People Saving Places” campaign. He entered the field of fundraising in 1996 with Ketchum, Inc. and has held leadership positions in the development offices of Loyola College, the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Peace College, the University of Maryland University College and George Mason University.

“We are delighted to welcome David to the Land Trust Alliance,” said Rand Wentworth, Alliance president. “We have a great deal of land conservation work that needs to be done – of scenic vistas, farms, ranches and other special places, and David’s deep expertise in building and managing all aspects of development for nonprofit organizations, will help make our work possible.” Wentworth added, “He is a dynamic, highly capable professional with a passion for conservation issues.”

Cooper, a native of North Carolina, said “All my adult life I’ve done things outdoors, such as biking and backpacking. I feel strongly that if we don’t act today to save natural places, the next generation isn’t going to be able to discover those same joys. In fundraising, we are fond of saying that our cause is urgent. Protecting land really is urgent. Land that’s lost today is gone forever.  I am thrilled to be part of this national effort to protect the places we all love.”

A graduate of Campbell University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Cooper has volunteered his time on the boards of organizations in both Virginia and Maryland.

About The Land Trust Alliance

The Alliance is a national conservation organization that works in three ways to save the places people love. First, we increase the pace of conservation, so more land and natural resources are protected.  Second, we improve the quality of conservation, so the most important lands are protected using the best practices in the business. And third, we ensure the permanence of conservation by creating the laws and resources needed to defend protected land over time. The Land Trust Alliance is based in Washington, D.C., and has several regional offices. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Alliance.


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