Michele Rone Cooper
Michele Rone Cooper is executive director of McAuley Ministries Foundation, the grantmaking arm of the Pittsburgh Mercy Health System. McAuley Ministries was established by the Sisters of Mercy in 2008. Michele was responsible for the start-up of the foundation, including establishing the strategic plan for McAuley Ministries and developing its governance and grantmaking processes.
McAuley Ministries focuses on the Hill District, Uptown and West Oakland neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, and on initiatives that address health and wellness, community and economic development, education, and nonprofit capacity. McAuley Ministries’ vision is to be known as a “good neighbor” whose support has contributed to neighborhoods that are safe, vibrant, and celebrated, and where residents are healthy and enabled to reach their full potential.
Michele manages an annual grantmaking budget of $3.0 million. Since its inception, McAuley Ministries has awarded more than 350 grants with awards totaling more than $15 million. In 2013, the Pittsburgh chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals selected McAuley Ministries as the Outstanding Foundation.
Michele earned bachelor and master’s degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. Her professional career includes positions at Magee-Women’s Hospital, the Health Systems Agency of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and the Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, where she served as Vice-President of Planning and Marketing, responsible for strategic planning, marketing, advertising, corporate communications, community relations, government relations/advocacy, and physician referral services.
She has served on numerous community boards. Currently, Michele is also a member of the board of the Falk Foundation. Michele is passionate about education and currently volunteers with the Hill District Education Council and Everybody Wins!, a Reading is FUNdamental lunchtime literacy and mentoring program at Pittsburgh Weil PreK-5 in the Hill District.