Carol Cooper has over 25 years of experience in arts and cultures project development, realization and marketing; community-responsive partnering; and nonprofit capacity building and training. She has worked with state, federal and international agencies; museums and nonprofit organizations; and is currently an independent consultant. At New Mexico Arts, Carol managed grants for rural arts enterprises and small community arts organizations. She developed, managed, promoted and advised community, heritage and arts-based creative economy initiatives and partnerships, including the nationally recognized New Mexico Fiber Arts Trails, a cultural tourism partnership promoting 70+ fiber enterprises statewide. Previous positions were as director of education at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe; consultant on rural women’s development with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Indonesia and Save the Children in Nepal; and regional program manager and trainer with the Smithsonian Institution's Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) program. Her M.S.Ed. in adult nonformal education emphasized multicultural community development.