Raquel Cooper is a native St. Louisan who was transported to Baton Rouge for undergraduate and graduate school at Southern University and A & M College. While there she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Public Administration. She has worked in the Human Resources field for over 25 years primarily concentrating on employee benefits and training. In 2014, she obtained her Master of Human Resources Management from Lindenwood University. Raquel located back home to St. Louis in 2009 to witness the many changes that were happening in her city; both the growth and blight. She felt compelled to see the betterment of her community and began to volunteer around the city on various projects and currently serves on the Junior League of St. Louis’ Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. She has served as a Community Delegate for St. Louis ReCAST, successfully completed UMSL’s Neighborhood Leadership Academy, and is currently enrolled in the CWC Neighborhood Leadership Fellows 2022 cohort class. She is a wife, mother, grandmother, civil servant and pet owner.