Maudine Rice Cooper
It is with profound sadness that we share the passing of our beloved Maudine Cooper, a leader whose impact will reverberate well beyond her lifespan. Today, we mourn the loss of a visionary whose legacy will forever inspire and guide us.
For 23 years, Maudine Cooper served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Washington Urban League. Under her leadership, we propelled program impact and expanded our service area to Maryland in Prince George’s County and Montgomery County. In 2000, Maudine rescued an abandoned building that was a blight in the community and restored it to serve as our new headquarters.
Her unwavering commitment to early involvement of our youth in civic engagement led to the founding of our young professionals auxiliary in 1992, Thursday Network. Today, the award-winning organization is comprised of over 200 members who vigorously support the mission of the Greater Washington Urban League.
Beyond our organization, Maudine Cooper’s influence extended to the National Urban League, where she previously served as a senior executive leader. For the Government of the District of Columbia, Maudine served as a senior department leader under three mayoral administrations: Marion Barry, Adrian Fenty, and Vincent Gray.
"Maudine Cooper was a dear friend and mentor. On behalf of our Board of Directors and staff, thank you for your service and commitment to the movement. You will always be loved and missed." - President & CEO George H. Lambert Jr.
As we join in mourning, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Cooper family during this difficult time. Maudine R. Cooper’s loving heart and legacy will continue to inspire us as we will always honor her memory and strive to uphold the values she so passionately championed.
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