Brisben Center Welcomes New Executive Director


The Thurman Brisben Center Executive Board of Directors welcomes N. David Cooper as the new executive director of the Center. The Center is the greater community’s 80-bed residential emergency homeless shelter operating 24-hours a day/365 days a year. Cooper assumed his duties on Monday, January 2. 
Cooper brings an extensive array of experience and training in organizational leadership, community development, and construction project management. He has informed, inspired, equipped, led, coached and consulted with non-profit agencies, businesses, congregations, universities, community groups and individuals to coalesce partners for discovering, mapping and linking resources that achieve community-inspired, community-developed and community-resourced results. He focuses on ending homelessness, resolving poverty, developing community-affordable housing, and improving food security.

Building on a successful career in heavy construction project management, Cooper earned multidisciplinary graduate degrees that include Master of Social Work in human services administration, policy and programs, Master of Divinity in pastoral leadership, and graduate Certificate in Public (non-profit) Management.

Cooper has served on the Richmond Continuum of Care for coordination of homeless services, Virginia Prisoner Reentry Policy Academy housing workgroups, and he has advocated in the White House, the U.S. Congress and Virginia General Assembly.

Cooper enjoys family, fishing, hiking and reading; and, he is very excited to participate with our community in Together—Building a Better Brisben toward ending homelessness in Planning District 16.

Kim Lally will continue her outstanding service to Brisben as deputy director/chief operating officer.
Past executive director and resource officer, Roger Trott, and his wife, Terry, intend to stay active in donating, fundraising and volunteering on behalf of Brisben.

You may reach David Cooper at 540-899-9853 or