Frances Huntley-Cooper

Credentials: MSSW ’74

Position title: Retired Social Worker; Former Mayor, Fitchburg, WI

Frances Huntley-Cooper, smiling, with short dark hair, gold hoop earrings, standing in front of a grey background.

Frances Huntley Cooper, MSSW ’74, has been a dedicated social worker, community leader, and an activist retiree. A longtime social worker for Dane County Human Services, and administrator of Wisconsin’s Workers Compensation Division, Frances was the first African American elected as a mayor (Fitchburg) in Wisconsin. She serves as chair for the NAACP Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics, is a lifetime member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., is chair of Madison College Board of Trustees, and is a founding member of the NAACP of Dane County. Frances also has an MA degree from UW-Madison’s LaFollette School of Public Affairs.