A PRAGMATIST, PHILANTHROPIST & LEADER
MacDella “Mackie” Cooper – also known to many as “Liberia’s Angel”– was born in Monrovia, Liberia.
Cooper’s life was deeply affected by the Liberian Civil War in 1990s. As a teen, she lived in exile as a refugee in Côte d’Ivoire as thousands who fled the conflict that killed more than 200,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands more. In 1993, she and her two older brothers (Harry and Valentine) migrated to the United States to reunite with their mother in Newark, New Jersey. At Barringer High School, Cooper ranked third in a class of 1,200 students. She was subsequently awarded a full scholarship to the College of New Jersey in Ewing where she earned a degree in Communications.
A mother of three committed to contributing to a better world, Cooper divides her time between the United States, Liberia and other countries.
Kids get clean drinking water and three meals a day consisting of healthy, locally-grown foods. It’s a place where children have their own beds, and access to healthcare and a quality education. It’s a place where they’re happy, and where they learn kindness and how to make wise decisions for their lives.”
I took a wide look at the problems in Africa. I realized that empowering women to take care of themselves and their children is paramount. By providing more opportunities to women, they will be given the means to see themselves and act as leaders…not followers, or helpless bystanders. It’s all about teaching women and adolescent girls to engage in their communities more positively, and more powerfully.
AFFILIATIONS & AWARDS
MacDella Cooper holds several leadership, advisory and board positions in the United States and Liberia, including representation with humanitarian organizations:
- African & American Women for Peace (AAW-Peace)
- American International School of Monrovia
- American Red Cross Tiffany Circle
- Liberian Community Association of New York
- Segal Family Foundation
Cooper has also received a number of awards, including:
- Global Ambassador for IMPACT Leadership 21 (2015)
- Humanitarian Service Award, Coalition of West African Countries affected by Ebola (COWACAE) (2015)
- Philanthropist of the Year Award, Young, Gifted & Black Entrepreneurial Awards (2015)
- Trokon Clay Humanitarian Award (2015)
- American Red Cross George W. Cutting Humanitarian Award (2012)
- Applause Africa Award (2011)
- Archbishop of Michael K. Francis Achievement Award (2011)
- Spirit of Friskies Award (2011)
- College of New Jersey Humanitarian Award (2010)
- Momentum Women’s Award (2007)
- Victor E. Ward Community Service Award (2007)