Jim Kooler – DrPH
As the Administrator for the California Friday Night Live Partnership (FNL), Dr. Jim Kooler provides leadership and support to FNL programs in 54 counties. He also leads the California Center for Youth Development and Health Promotion. From his office at the Tulare County Office of Education, with support from the California Department of Health Care Services, the Office of Traffic Safety, the Office of Problem Gambling, and the Allstate Foundation, he leads the implementation of Friday Night Live, Club Live, FNL Kids, FNL Mentoring, and the California Youth Council. He is the “Creative Wizard” for the Lifeplan Institute, Global Leadership Team member for Challenge Day, and is directing the creation of the California Mentoring Partnership. A strong ally to young people, Kooler has worked in the prevention field for 30 years. Previously, he was the Director of the Governor’s Mentoring Partnership and Deputy Director for the Prevention Services Division at the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs in California.