Ira Cooperman, a Vietnam veteran who is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), is Director of Philanthropy for the Masonic Care Community in Utica, NY. He is an effective communicator, a skilled mentor, and a leader of development operations.
In 2008, Ira was selected to be an officer of the Board of Directors of the Vietnam Veterans Assistance Fund/Veterans Support Foundation. He also is a member of the following veterans organizations: American Legion, Masonic War Veterans, Tan Son Nhut Association, Thailand-Laos-Cambodia Brotherhood, and Vietnam Veterans of America. In addition, he is a member of the Association for Intelligence Officers, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and is President of the Board of Directors of the Utica Symphony Orchestra.
During the Vietnam War, Ira served on active duty for over four years as an Air Force intelligence officer with liaison duties to the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency. Since 2005, he has taught a summer course on the American Intelligence Community as part of Chautauqua Institution’s Special Studies Dept. In addition, once a year he is invited to speak to a Military Science class of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
As a member of the Society for American Baseball Research, Ira has made presentations at the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005, 2006 and 2007. He has presented research on Negro League players who served in World War II, on NY Giants Manager John J. McGraw, and on LA Dodger Roy Gleason -- the only ballplayer with Major League experience who was drafted and served in combat in Vietnam.
Formerly a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Ira is the author of several articles published in The Times and in the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Rochester (NY) Democrat & Chronicle. He has served on the fundraising or public relations staffs of the University of Rochester, Temple University, Jewish Community Center of Rochester, and the United Way of Greater Rochester, and has performed public affairs consulting duties to a number of political candidates.