ShaKimberly C.

Executive Director
Dallas, TX, USA


ShaKimberly Cooper is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of AES Literacy Institute (ALI) in Dallas, Texas. Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, ShaKimberly graduated from Fair Park High School as the Valedictorian of her class in 2004. She then attended Louisiana State University, from which she graduated with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.

After college, she relocated to Dallas where met her husband, Jermaine Cooper. They both found that they experience immense joy from helping others, so they embarked on becoming leaders in their community. They first established AES Resources Group LLC in 2014, which is a consulting service that connected individuals to resources for a wide variety of different community needs. Constructive feedback and close relationships in their community then led to the establishment of AES Literacy Institute in 2019. AES is a non-profit in the adult literacy sector that focuses on uplifting adults from marginalized and underserved communities to obtain the information and resources necessary to gain a high school diploma, attend college, and secure employment.

Driven by her "POP" and vibrant energy, ShaKimberly now utilizes her experience of over nine years in adult literacy to help individuals of all walks of life climb the ladder of success. Named United Way's Social Innovator of the Year in 2022, she has worked relentlessly to put her organization on a trajectory to create generational inheritance. She has been featured on WFAA, Dallas Morning News, D Magazine, and many more. As a leader in the non-profit education sector, ShaKimberly aims to help dismantle the corrupt systems and processes plaguing our minority communities.

ShaKimberly' s other skills feature being certified as an anger management specialist, parenting, and life skills coach. Specifically working with underprivileged populations, at-risk youth, and minorities - ShaKimberly has helped numerous individuals fulfill new personal, educational, and employment goals in life. She is staunchly committed to carving new paths to success for her community and spreading that development to the rest of the country. Her powerful and dynamic partnership with Jermaine has resulted in a vibrant and successful marriage, and they are in the midst of their 15th year together. As a mother and wife, ShaKimberly enjoys traveling with her family, reading, attending opera performances, and seeing NASCAR races in her spare time.

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