Cooper was born in March 1977 in Monrovia, Liberia’s capital, where she grew up until the outbreak of the First Liberian Civil War in 1989. At that time, she was forced into exile in the neighboring Ivory Coast, where she spent her early teenage years as a refugee. Cooper had her education in the United States and subsequently became a fashion model and a philanthropist starting the MacDella Cooper Foundation, a non-profit organization working to uplift the lives of underprivileged children and women in Liberia.
In December 2016, she announced her intention to run for President of Liberia taking on male political heavyweights as the only woman in the race
“My decision to enter the 2017 presidential race today rests on the backbone of hope and reform. As a former refugee girl, I bear testimony to the fact that education remains the greatest equalizer for hope and reform,” Cooper writes on her campaign website.
“When used constructively, education can transform anybody into somebody.”
Cooper is the flag bearer of the Union of Liberian Democrats party.
The Mother of three believes she has what it takes to turn Liberia’s fortunes around by creating jobs for the youth, ensuring food security, and guaranteeing basic human rights for every citizen.