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Portland Business Journal: Cindy Cooper wins "40 Under 40" award
Author: Portland Business Journal staff
Posted: February 18, 2013

Read the original article in the Portland Business Journal here.

Editor's note: The Portland Business Journal handed out its 40 Under 40 awards Feb. 14. The following profile appeared in the Feb. 15 issue of our paper. Videos and a photo gallery of all the winners are available here.

Cindy Cooper, co-founder and director, Portland State University Impact Entrepreneurs

Age: 39.

What your organization does: Impact Entrepreneurs works with people and organizations to unleash the power of business for social impact. Our programs inspire, incubate and accelerate entrepreneurship for social good.

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Cindy Cooper, Portland State University

Objects you brought to the photo shoot, and why: A clay pot because my husband’s name is Clay and my daughter’s name is Sienna, like the clay found in Siena, Italy. To represent my work, I brought the book “Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know” by Bornstein and Davis. I also brought Pão de Queijo which is a tasty cheese bread from Brazil, my other homeland.

Your responsibilities: General management, teaching, and mentoring social entrepreneurs in the social innovation Incubator.

 

Hot topic in your field: Impact investing.

First job as a youth: My first business was selling my drawings to my parents. I knew my market. My first job was as a cashier at a Hallmark store when I was 14. I got to operate a machine where you could stuff an entire teddy bear in a balloon.

How do you relax? Not cooking. Playing card games, jogging, anything beach related.

Nonprofits you support, and why: I’m lucky to work with awesome organizations, and it’s easy to get passionate about a lot of them. In my personal giving I tend to support social justice and international development. My husband and I founded an organization to alleviate poverty and promote cross-cultural understanding whereby Spanish teachers in Guatemala teach students all over the world using Skype.

Best book you read in the past year: “Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making a Difference” by Antony Bugg-Levine and Jed Emerson.

Favorite music artist: The Beatles.

Favorite local restaurant: Café Hibiscus (great work, Jenny and Tammy).

Travel destination you like: Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand.

Personal trivia that might surprise people: I once made $400 as an extra in a pizza commercial.