Keavy Cook joined The Ford Family Foundation in 2008 and now leads the Children, Youth, and Families Department. As Director, Keavy helps to oversee the development of departmental strategies and budgets, in cooperation with other departments and under the leadership of the Foundation Board. Keavy also maintains a portfolio of grants with a focus on child abuse prevention and children’s health access.
Before coming to the Foundation, Keavy worked with the University of Oregon’s RARE (Resource Assistance for Rural Environments) Program. RARE places trained graduate-level students in rural communities for a year where they work on community-based service learning projects, contributing human capacity on the ground. Her role at RARE was to assist in hiring, placing, training and supervising RARE participants. Her work took her to rural communities across Oregon.
A RARE alumna herself, Keavy earned a master’s degree in community and regional planning from the University of Oregon with a concentration in not-for-profit management.
Prior to relocating to Oregon, she worked as a consultant and full-time grant writer for a Boston-based nonprofit, The Food Project, which focuses on youth and community development using sustainable agriculture as its medium.
When not at work, Keavy enjoys exploring the beauty of Oregon with her husband and three kids.