Cooper Westendarp serves as a Senior Executive Advisor, Facilitator, and Coach to experienced and rising C-Suite executives. Cooper has cross-sector experience working with executives in real estate, investment funds, financial services, F100 companies, tech, startups, and global non-profits. A repeat founder and senior executive himself, Cooper is adept at influencing strong leaders to adapt behavior and ground decisions in the mission, values and growth of their organization, especially amid organizational change. Cooper's executive presence, acumen, and board room savvy are evident in his practice, and his high standard, discretion, and compassion enable him to build trust individually and with large teams.
In addition to his work with SGI, Cooper serves as the CEO of Reservoir Advisors, Inc., an executive coaching, facilitation and advisory firm headquartered in NYC. Cooper has prior experience in real estate finance, as an underwriter in commercial real estate mortgage banking for Grandbridge Real Estate Capital. Translating his real estate and financial expertise into education startups, Cooper co-founded PAVE Schools Inc., where he served as COO/CFO and grew the organization from inception to 125 staff and $50 million in assets. Cooper is a seasoned investor in real estate, equities and currencies, and is an explorer of disruptions in technology, geo-politics, governance, culture, and healthcare.
Cooper earned an Advanced Executive Coaching Certification from Columbia Business School, two Master’s degrees in organizational leadership and learning from Columbia University and Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University where he served as President of the university’s fraternity system, an advisor to the University’s senior administrators and trustees, and a founder of several campus initiatives and organizations.
Education, Certifications, Faculty, Publications
- Advanced Columbia Coaching Certification Program, CCCP
- Ed.M. Leadership, Columbia University
- M.A.T. Teaching, Johns Hopkins University
- B.A. English, Wake Forest University
- Investment Banking
- Real Estate
- Building Leadership & Org. Resilience
- Executive Team Alignment Facilitation
- Experience as a Senior Executive
- Experience as an Entrepreneur
- Values, Mission, Vision Facilitation