Voorhees, NJ - March 01, 2007
American Water, the largest water services provider in North America, today announced that Kimberly Cooper, Director of External Communications and Corporate Responsibility, has been appointed to a seat on the United Way of Camden County Board of Trustees. The unanimous decision by the Board came on the heels of American Water's record-breaking employee fundraising campaign which nearly doubled donations from the prior year, an effort led by Cooper in October 2006.
During her two years at American Water, Cooper has spearheaded numerous community relations activities on behalf of the company, including company fundraising efforts for the United Way resulting in a donation of over $500,000 to United Way organizations across the country.
"We are very excited to have Kimberly added to our Board of Trustees," said Michael Moynihan, president & CEO of United Way of Camden County. "Her commitment to improving the lives of the residents of Camden County is undeniable, as is the energy and enthusiasm she will bring to the Board."
American Water has long served as a valuable resource for the United Way, making Cooper an ideal choice for the Board of Trustees. "Kimberly's commitment to community service is demonstrated by a distinct ability to bring together employees from throughout the company and instil in them the importance of corporate philanthropy," said President and Chief Executive Officer of American Water, Don Correll. "Her unique leadership style makes her a perfect fit for the United Way of Camden County Board of Trustees."
In addition to working with the United Way, Cooper negotiated American Water's sponsorship of Bono when the rock star and activist spoke before the World Affairs Council in October of 2005. In 2006, Kimberly also helped American Water raise $130,000 for Water for People, an organization that establishes water systems in impoverished countries throughout the world. During the holiday season, Cooper's ability to inspire employees to give made it possible to feed 233 community residents Thanksgiving dinner and purchase holiday gifts for more than 100 families.
Cooper received a Bachelor's degree from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and a Master's degree from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She resides in New Jersey with her husband, Michael Ramalho.