Starting out as a group home child care worker, she has been a house manager, foster care social worker, non-public school teacher, FFA Director, and Director of Research and Quality.
Since becoming a consultant in 2006, her projects have included inventing a practical and staff-friendly system for performance management for providers in California, initiating two of the six multi-million dollar federal Permanency Innovations Initiative grants in the country (the RISE Project, CAPP), and managing the implementation of two of the four state-wide Residentially Based Services (RBS) demonstration projects in California.
Khush teaches leadership and public policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and lives in Los Angeles with her partner of 10 years and two dogs.
Dr. Khush Cooper has become a leading expert on what’s next for children and family service organizations in California. Her 20 years of on-the-ground experience provides the foundation for her approach.