The board of directors plays a vital role in SVSEF’s realization of its mission and goals. Get to know our board members; first up is Andy Cooley, who has been skiing since he was nine, and whose daughter, Skylar, just began her first semester at Boston University after graduating from SVSEF and Community School. Andy, a lawyer in Seattle, discusses what he’s looking forward to as a new board member, as well as how his family landed on SVSEF and why this organization matters to him.
University of Washington, B.A. Accounting 1982
Seattle University, J.D. 1985
Practicing attorney since 1985.
Why did you decide to study law? What keeps you excited about this career choice?
Honestly, the law was a safe career during a moderate recession. I am blessed that I am good at it.
Has skiing always been a big part of your life?
Yes. I started skiing late, at 9 years old. I have raced, instructed, coached and worked as an official since then.
How did you get involved with SVSEF?
I had been on the board at Crystal Mountain Alpine Club as a parent. I realized that once my daughter graduated, I could be a good addition to SVSEF because I did not have a direct personal interest any longer. I could be more objective as the parent of an alumna.
What do you tell people about the organization?
SVSEF is poised to rival Vail, Aspen and Rowmark in the output of high caliber athletes. There is no excuse for not having athletes on the World Cup.
What are you most eager to work on as a member of the board?
Rotorun and CPOC. These are the two initiatives going forward that will make the most change.
Your daughter skied with SVSEF – why did you choose Sun Valley and this organization?
My daughter had the choice of Sugar Bowl and Rowmark, but chose SVSA for a couple reasons. One was the friendliness. As she put it, “I could talk to the kids at Community School.” The second was that Sun Valley was a place my wife would be willing to live with her. You couldn’t say that about Park City or Truckee.
What do you hope she’s learned from the experience? What do you know she’s taken away from it?
Like most alpine athletes, she has become a committed, disciplined and reasonably driven person. She will go to Boston University next year, but will not ski race in college. Sun Valley remains a speed skier hill, and one area where we need to round out our program is to provide better tech skiing. In college, only tech matters.
What do you do for fun?
I do fun things with my wife. These include fly fishing, trail running, mountain biking and skiing. Last year my wife skied over 105 days at Sun Valley. I only got 35!
Thank you so much, Andy!