Program Coordinator, Entrepreneurship for the Public Good;
Director, Berea College Appalachian Fund
Office Hours: 8-5 M-F
At Berea College since 2005
David Cooke ’82 is a southern West Virginia native whose maternal and paternal Appalachian roots go back over a century. Cooke holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Arts from Berea College and a MS in Legal Studies from West Virginia University (WVU). Over the years, Cooke’s diverse contributions to the Appalachian region have included teaching Industrial Arts to high school students, owning and operating a furniture-building enterprise, building cabinets and serving as a WVU county extension agent in the southern WV coal fields region. While primarily working with WV landholders and entrepreneurs in agroforestry and other natural resource-based small business enterprises, Cooke also has extensive experience in volunteer management, outreach education systems and grant writing. Cooke joins Berea College as EPG’s Program Coordinator and Director of the Appalachian Fund.