As a returning board member, Cooper Healey continues to appreciate the "assistance, learning and leadership" that ITGA provides on town-gown issues. She joined ITGA initially to learn operational strategies from a U.S. perspective, which she used to augment her two decades of experience in the "student accommodation sector" in the United Kingdom. For 16 years Cooper has managed Manchester Student Homes on behalf of the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University. With expertise in housing legislation, strategic and operational management, and facilitating partnerships, Cooper says her "unique insight" into the British educational system brings an important international perspective to ITGA. Housing and safety, community building and assisting colleagues "through unchartered territory" as they deal with COVID are among the board’s top priorities this year, she says.