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Howard Cooper, Executive Director

Howard CooperMr. Howard Cooper has served as Executive Director of the NJSOP since August 2008. Prior to coming on-board at NJSOP, Mr. Cooper served as the executive officer of the Home Builders Association of Bucks and Montgomery Counties, where he oversaw and managed day-to-day operations for the 650+ member association.

A resident of Bucks County, PA, Mr. Cooper brings with him years of experience and an exceptional track record in government relations and association management. Previously, he represented a statewide membership association based in Harrisburg, PA, and managed the business affairs of a large, county-based chamber of commerce in Somerset, NJ.

After earning a graduate degree in Urban Affairs from Hunter College in Manhattan, Mr. Cooper served as an aide to the mayor of Trenton, NJ. He later headed a nonprofit corporation serving a tri-county region in central New Jersey, creating public/private partnerships in the delivery of employment and training programs. Most notable were his efforts to create alliances with trade unions to develop a skilled workforce.