Grace Sharples Cooke is a nonprofit, government, and media professional with four decades of experience in advancement, programming, events, and communications for national, educational, religious, and environmental causes across the United States, Europe, and East Asia. She brings a diversity of experience to the Science History Institute, including 14 years leading advancement, fundraising, and communications at Philadelphia-area nonprofits.
Grace is a skilled curator of people and an adept cross-cultural communicator with a capacity to motivate diverse groups of people to deepen their engagement with local and global institutions. From her first six years in New York City as a fashion editor at Glamour magazine, through 14 years on U.S. diplomatic postings (Shanghai, Tokyo, Berlin, and Taipei), followed by U.S. nonprofit work from 2002 on, Grace brings a sense of professionalism, collaborative fun, and positive energy wherever she lands.
Grace describes herself as a lifelong reader of Science News who finds the topic of science mesmerizing and grounding. In her spare time, she supports a land stewardship project involving rare wetlands, meadow grasses, and new growth forest at the confluence of Darby and Ithan creeks. She is a graduate of Cornell University and serves on the boards of the William Penn Charter School and the Philadelphia Committee on Foreign Relations.