Brooke Fisher-Clark | Executive Director
Brooke is a champion for Washington children as current Executive Director of the Imagination Library of Washington. Brooke's vision, dream, and efforts to bring this program to all Washington early learners began in 2020 as she formerly managed the top performing Imagination Library affiliate in the state with most enrolled children, as Executive Director of United Way of Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties. She saw the way it united a community, and how effective it was at equipping children for a successful future, and she wanted this opportunity for all our children.
Brooke brings 20+ years of world-class hospitality, nonprofit, and leadership experience to this role, having served at renowned company's like Walt Disney World, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, and United Way. Brooke is a Rotarian having served as President for Rotary Club of Longview for the 2021-22 term, and she loves supporting her local community, having championed numerous events. She is married with two children, Anabelle (14), and Baron (5), who keep her plate full and exciting! In her free time, Brooke enjoys camping, entertaining, traveling and being her kids biggest cheerleader.
Email Brooke HERE.
Angela French | Communications & Outreach Manager
Angela began her exciting journey with the Imagination Library of Washington in May of 2022, bringing passion, creativity, and a strong desire to support and uplift Washington's youngest learners through Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Her expertise in marketing, communications, and community outreach allow her to support Washington's current program affiliates, aiding in their success of enrollment growth and sustainability. Prior to joining the ILWA team, Angela was the Resource Development Director with United Way of Lewis County for 14 years, working deeply with local organizations to lift families out of poverty in Lewis County. Angela also managed the local Imagination Library affiliate in her community for three years.
In her free time, Angela loves spending quality time with family and friends, spontaneous adventures, volunteering in her community, traveling, and relaxing at the beach.
Email Angela HERE.
Alena Fridley | Operations Assistant
Alena joined the Imagination Library of Washington team in September 2022 as the Operations Assistant. Her infectious enthusiasm and passion for helping kids is the perfect addition to the ILWA team. Alena was born and raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and enjoying it to the fullest by living full time in an RV. She has always had a passion for helping people, specifically our younger generations and has years of experience working with youth in underserved areas of Portland and SW Washington. She was so excited to be recently welcomed to the team and can't wait to see what we can accomplish together.
Alena loves hiking, camping, swimming, drawing or coloring in adult coloring books and spending time with family and friends. She loves a good rooftop bar or local craft brewery and any chance to see live music, you will find her there!
Email Alena HERE.
Jim Cooper | President & CEO, United Ways of the Pacific Northwest (ILWA Program Administrator)
Jim is the President and Chief Executive Officer for United Ways of the Pacific Northwest, the trade association for 34 local United Way organizations in Idaho, Oregon & Washington. In this work he has also served as the interim CEO for four different local United Ways. Jim is also an elected (2011, 2013, 2017, 2021) member of the Olympia City Council where he serves on various committees. In Washington, Jim is an appointee to the Governor’s Poverty Reduction Workgroup and the Secretary of States Combined Fund Drive Advisory Committee.
For the Imagination Library of Washington, Jim leads our public policy and finance work, facilitates the ILWA Advisory committee, and provides technical assistance to ILWA staff.
Jim has 29 years of nonprofit, corporate and government leadership experience working with community organizations, governments and businesses to achieve positive outcomes for people and the environment. As an Army veteran, Eagle Scout and activist, Jim works to stand up for issues that affect health and safety while aiming at his personal goal of the Pacific Northwest being the best place in America to grow up and live. Jim loves the outdoors and lives in Olympia, WA with his wife Thomasina, daughter Maggie, and their rescue dogs Rusty & Meli.
Email Jim HERE.
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