Niakeya Jones Cooper serves as executive director of the Robeson County Housing Authority. She provides leadership for all aspects of the housing authority's operations including administration, management, strategic development, and financial control.
Prior to joining RCHA in February 2017, she served as the Health Education Division director for the Robeson County Department of Public Health for nearly 15 years. In that capacity, Cooper established several partnerships and programs for the county. She managed a portfolio of projects aimed at addressing the social determinants of health to reduce health inequities. In addition to providing grant management and project oversight, she has represented the agency on a local, state and national level by presenting her innovative work at numerous meetings and conferences. She has received several nominations and awards for her work, including the Jeanne Palmer Health Educator Excel Award and the North Carolina Prevention Award for Excellence in Health.
Cooper received her bachelor's degree in community health education from The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and obtained her master’s degree in management from Troy University.
Since joining the RCHA team, she has successfully completed the Executive Director Education Program. The program consists of a series of 10 courses designed to reinforce the technical, managerial and strategic competencies required of a successful executive director.