November 1, 2019, Louisville, KY
Kentucky IPL Welcomes New Executive Director
The Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light (KIPL) Board of Directors welcomes their new Executive Director, the Rev. Dawn Cooley, to the organization. Rev. Cooley succeeds KIPL Founder and Executive Director Tim Darst, who has served the organization since its founding in 2007.
Rev. Cooley currently works for the Unitarian Universalist Association supporting UU congregations in the South. Prior to that, she served as minister of First Unitarian Church in Louisville.
Rev. Cooley’s association with Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light goes back to her first weeks in Louisville. During her tenure as minister, First Unitarian installed their first set of solar panels. When the UUA General Assembly came to Louisville in 2013, Rev. Cooley helped coordinate local organizations in the largest environmentally focused rally in Kentucky state history.
“Climate change is one of the most serious challenges facing us and care for our planet is an issue which unites people across the faith spectrum. I am excited about the opportunities for Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light to expand on successful programs, grow our reach throughout Kentucky, and bring in new voices to work together to address this critical issue.”
“The immediate need for action on climate change in the coming years requires bold leadership with fresh ideas,” stated Board President and Founder Tim Darst. “Rev. Cooley is the right person to guide Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light into this new era.”
Rev. Cooley received a Masters of Divinity from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in 2004 and a Master’s in Public Administration (focus in Nonprofit Management) from Indiana University’s O’Neil School for Public & Environmental Affairs in 2019.