Board member Profile
MacDella Mackie Cooper – also known to many as “Liberia’s Angel” – was born in Monrovia, Liberia, in the mid-1970s. She had a happy childhood until her life was deeply affected by the Liberian Civil War in the 1990s. After enduring, first-hand, some unthinkable and unspeakable atrocities during the war, she sought refuge in Côte d’Ivoire as one of thousands who fled the conflict that killed more than 200,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands more. In 1993, MacDella migrated to the United States and was reunited with her family in Newark, New Jersey.
n the midst of a successful career in fashion and corporate planning, MacDella began the admirable work of donating funds and resources to women’s and children’s causes in Liberia and internationally. That small act of charity, supporting worthy causes, was the cornerstone of the founding of the MacDella Cooper Foundation (MCF), whose mission is to educate, train and motivate Africa’s most vulnerable children, disadvantaged youth and marginalized women to become productive contributors to their nations’ economic, social and political development.
On October 17th, 2016, Madam MacDella Cooper publicly announced her candidacy for President of Liberia in the 2017 elections. Cooper became the only female candidate running for the nation’s highest office. She emerged 9th, amongst a field that included 19 male candidates, following a brutal, hard-fought and often divisive contest, further promoting the cause and prospects for women and their empowerment in a paternalistic society.
Today, Cooper is helping to bring investors to the Liberian economy in the areas of affordable housing, energy and technology. She is empowering women and adolescent girls to aspire academically and engage politically in their communities, more positively, and more powerfully.