Jim Cooper has served on the Olympia City Council since 2011 and is also the CEO of United Ways of the Pacific Northwest, the trade association for local United Way organizations in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. He is currently chair of the City Council Finance Committee, president of the Olympia Metropolitan Parks District, chair of the City's Law Enforcement and Firefighters (LEOFF1) Disability Board, chair of the Regional Housing Council, chair of the the Thurston County Solid Waste Advisory Committee and chair of the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency Board. Jim also serves on the governor's Poverty Reduction Work Group & the Secretary of State's Combined Fund Drive Advisory Council. 

See some of Jim's recent accomplishments here

Jim has nearly 30 years of nonprofit, corporate and government leadership experience working to achieve positive outcomes for people and the environment. His experience includes community organizing, finance, non-profit leadership, construction management and public policy.


As an Army veteran am Eagle Scout Jim stands up for issues that affect health and safety, while working to make Olympia the best place in America to grow up and live. He is a 2007 graduate of leadership Thurston County and made the Business Examiner’s 40 under 40 list in 2013.

Jim loves the outdoors and lives in Olympia's Carlyon/North Neighborhood with his wife Thomasina, daughter Maggie and dog Rusty.