Dr. Kwame Cooper
Deputy Commissioner for Diversity and Inclusion
Dr. Kwame Cooper is member of the Fire Department of New York and serves as a Deputy Commissioner for Diversity and Inclusion. He reports directly to the Fire Commissioner of the FDNY and is responsible for developing and implementing strategies around fostering an inclusive workplace culture, designing diversity and inclusion best practices agency-wide, with particular focus on the 17,000-member sworn and civilian workforce. Dr. Cooper serves as the liaison to employee affinity organizations at the FDNY and works extensively with the Department for Citywide Administrative Services and the Law Department to comply with City requirements specific to diversity. As a member of the FDNY's executive leadership team, Dr. Cooper works collaboratively across the agency as well as with city-wide diversity best practices, to monitor and implement diversity initiatives.
Over the years, Kwame has provided leadership and diversity training in the fire service communities throughout the United States, and internationally. Kwame is currently a member of the New Ventures West Executive Coaching School where he received his coaching certification credentials in 2000. He is currently an instructor and graduate at the Los Angeles Police and Fire Department Leadership Academy and the Carl Holmes Executive Development Institute. He also graduated from the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy and the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Leadership Program. Dr. Cooper received his doctorate degree in Organization Leadership and Development from Grand Canyon University.