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Upstate Forever Staff

Andrea Cooper

Andrea Cooper

Executive Director

Andrea Cooper relocated to the Upstate with her husband and two children after living in the Charleston area for 20 years. Andrea was a key leader in the “GrowFood Carolina” initiative, which has significantly expanded the market for local food along the coast. She also served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, a regional nonprofit organization similar to Upstate Forever.

Andrea is an advisor to and partner in Ziff Properties, a commercial real estate investment firm, where she previously managed its Leasing and Acquisition departments. She is also a partner in Social Venture Partners, an international social impact investment group, is a member of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network, and was a 2013 Liberty Fellow.

Born and raised in the Northeast, Andrea received her BA in art history from the University of Colorado and attended the Parson’s School of Design and The American University of Paris. She also completed Harvard Business School’s Governing for Non-Profit Excellence program.

In her spare time, Andrea can be found exploring hiking and mountain biking trails in the Upstate.   She and her family are excited for many new adventures.

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