Dr. Robert Cooper is executive director of the West Oakland Health Council, a nonprofit organization providing primary care, mental health and substance abuse recovery services at five clinics to residents of Emeryville, southwest Berkeley and north, east and west Oakland. Cooper has served as a health care provider and administrator in Alameda County throughout his career, working as a private practice pediatrician, deputy director of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, director of clinical services and medical education at Highland General Hospital and, for over 30 years, as executive director of the West Oakland Health Council. Cooper received his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco, in 1958, and an M.P.H. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1973. Cooper has served as a consultant to the National Institute of Mental Health, an instructor in health services administration at Golden Gate University, and a lecturer in the department of public administration at California State University, Hayward.