Richard Cook joined the Hope Strengthens Foundation Board of Directors in 2018.
For nearly 20 years, Rich served as Deputy Director for Strategic Planning and Development for Council for a Strong America (CSA). During his tenure at CSA, Rich played a senior role responsible for the development and organizational growth of the six organizations that are part of Council for a Strong America: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids (5,000 law enforcement leaders), ReadyNation (2,000 business leaders), Mission: Readiness (700 retired admirals and generals), Shepherding the Next Generation (1,000 faith leaders), Champions for America’s Future (380 elite athletes and coaches) and the Police Training Institute. The mission for each CSA organization is to promote research-based policies, practices and programs that help children, youth, families and their communities thrive.
Prior to his work at CSA, Rich counseled severely traumatized youth to stabilize and reintegrate them into appropriate family, social and educational settings. He began his career working as an assistant investigator at the Rutland County Public Defender Office.
Rich is now developing a national campaign called “Don’t Hurt Anyone,” aiming to promote tolerance, nonviolence and a more civil society. He invites other like-minded individuals and organizations to join him in this mission.
A native of Massachusetts, Rich currently resides in Colchester, VT. He is the proud father of three daughters: Madeline, Ellis and Oona. Rich graduated from Castleton University in Vermont.