Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee - 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee
Perry Cooper has more than 37 years of experience as a Boys & Girls Club professional, having worked at local Clubs, as well as on the national Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) staff. He began his career as a staff member of the Oak Ridge, TN, Boys Club, serving as both program director and unit director. He was the initial executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of York County, SC. During his tenure in York County, the organization expanded from a start-up corporation to become an institution in three York County communities featuring four full-service Club sites.
Perry joined the BGCA national staff in 1995 as a regional service director supporting Clubs in Georgia, Louisiana and Alabama. During his career, Perry has worked in a number of areas at BGCA, including training & professional development, recruitment & outreach, and growth & collaboration strategies. In these capacities, he has been responsible for supporting BGCA’s growth goals and strategies, as well as national collaborations and partnerships.
In his present position of national vice president, Federal Grants, he is responsible for the overall direction of the BGCA Federal Grants Department, while overseeing the management of staff, departmental operations and the coordination of federally funded initiatives, including management and monitoring of pass-through funding to local Boys & Girls Clubs.
Perry is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, and holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resource and Organizational Development from Clemson University. He, his wife Rebecca and three daughters, Christina, Lindsey andSydney reside in Conyers, GA.