Jamie Cooper is the founding Chairperson and President of the Big Win Philanthropies
Jamie Cooper is the founding Chairperson and President of the Big Win Philanthropies, an organization that supports charitable initiatives based on the case for investing in emerging populations, including recognising their integral value to future economic growth and national stability.
Ms Cooper has more than 20 years' experience in roles that have involved bringing private sector, government and non-profit leaders together to pursue innovative policy and programming around a broad array of economic and social issues. Prior to launching Big Win Philanthropies, she co-founded The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Under her leadership, CIFF focused on exceptionally high value areas, optimizing impact through continual monitoring and course correction and ensuring the legacy of its investments. This approach to philanthropy resulted in Jamie being highlighted as among the top 10 innovators in the book 1,000 CEOs: Proven Strategies for Success from the World’s Smartest Executives.
Before founding CIFF, Ms Cooper served as Co-Director of Shine Trust, a grant-making trust supporting children in poverty in England through educational initiatives. She also served as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Development for Gould Partners in New York City, a non-profit collaborative effort aimed at expanding educational opportunities for inner-city children and their families. As Associate Director for the Centre for Policy Alternatives in Washington, D.C., Ms Cooper led the organization's efforts to promote innovative legislative responses to social and economic issues.
In addition to CIFF, Jamie serves on several Boards in the international development sphere, among others as an Advisory Board Member of the Ministerial Leadership Programme at Harvard, on the Boards of Advisors to the Dean at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, as a Board Member of Save the Children UK and as an Advisory Board Member of the Tony Elumelu Foundation. Jamie has also served as a United Nations Commissioner on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children, as a Member of the Coutts UK Philanthropy Advisory Board, and on the Business Leadership Council for Preventing Mother-to-child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT).
Ms Cooper received a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College and a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.