Equipping the Youth of Today for the Challenges of Tomorrow

"Life is a series of circles and cycles, phases and stages. These are your experiences that teach you the lessons of life. EMBRACE them, even if it is hard to do so." - J.C. Cooley (Founder)


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The J.C. Cooley Foundation
Options & Opportunities: The Choice Program (OOCP)
P O Box 891989
Temecula, CA 92589-1989

J C Cooley Foundation Upcoming Events

Sat Jun 09 @ 8:00AM - 10:00AM
Youth Inspirational Leadership Breakfast

James CooleyIntroducing James Cooley

President and founder of The J.C. Cooley Foundation-Options & Opportunities: The Choice Program (OOCP) (501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization)

James Cooley was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is a retired military veteran who served 23 years in the U.S. Navy. Cooley began his Navy career as an enlisted sailor. Through hard work and extreme dedication to excellence, James worked his way up through the enlisted ranks to reach the rank of E-9, Master Chief Petty Officer, prior to closing out his enlisted record after 15 years. However, Cooley was then selected to serve as a commissioned officer for the following 8 years, until he retired from naval service as a Navy Lieutenant (LT/03E).

Following Cooley’s retirement from the military, he worked for the U.S. Government and DOD defense aerospace industry, and started his own company as a U.S. Government Contractor. 

Cooley currently resides in Temecula, California, where he is a dedicated business owner, motivational speaker, and community activist where he has been a guest speaker for several major companies, the U.S. military, various Rotary Clubs, churches, and local community events.  Cooley is also very proactive in his community. He has served on several boards including: City Community Steering Committee (Chair), Temecula Assistant Youth Counselor, Valley-Wide Recreation Center, and YMCA. He has supported youth development through involvement in the Adopt-A-School program, various community mentoring programs, and as coach of youth sports teams.  He is also a member of the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Cooley developed a Breakfast Tutoring Program at Marjorie P. Hart Elementary School for academically at-risk students. Through the success of this program, the school was nominated for the Personnel Excellence Partnership Award, and Cooley was nominated and chosen as one of the 1,000 points of light who received the first Presidential Points of Light Award in 1989.
Cooley is currently President and CEO of J.C. Cooley Innovation Solutions, LLC, which is an information technology consultant company located in Temecula, California.  In addition, James’ illustrious career spans over 35 years in the information security industry. As a retired U.S. Navy officer, he has served as Information Technology and Telecommunications Network Operation Officer, a U.S. Navy Recruiter, a Navy Drill Instructor (Company Commander), Information Assurance Officer, Communications Officer, Security Officer, and Director of Telecommunications Training and Development of Navy personnel at various locations overseas and throughout the United States.

From 1989 to 1992, Cooley hosted and produced 47 television shows titled “Cooley Fitness Tips”, and was awarded the U.S. Navy Admirals Gallery and Rankin’s Award for outstanding community service in the greater Mid-Eastern Area.

His education includes a Master of Public Administration (MPA), with a minor in Human Resource Management, from Central Michigan University, along with a number of Masters Certificate Programs from the University of Notre Dame (Executive MBA) and Villanova University (Six Sigma Black Belt), Lean Enterprise Solutions, Organizational Leadership,  Project Management, Information Systems  Security Management, Advanced Information Assurance, Cyber Security for Government and Non-Government Programs, and Project Management Professionals). He received his Bachelor of Science with a double major in Vocational Education Studies and in Training, Education, and Development, from Southern Illinois University.

His professional experience in the information security industry includes:  Information Assurance Lead Professional, Subcontract Management Professional, Research and Analytical Skills Lead, Cost / Schedule Management, Personnel Management, Team Building, Safety / Certified Security Risk Control Management, DOD NSA Type 1 Crypto Development and Information Assurance Products Lead, Telecommunication / Network Operation Management, Regulatory Compliance Information Security Lead, Technical Direction Cross-IPT Coordination and Integrations, DIACAP Certification and Accreditation (C&A) Leader, Security Systems Engineering (SSE) Certification / Verification and Validation Lead, DOD Network and Telecommunications, Director of Navy Telecommunications Education Development and Training, Commander Naval Telecommunications Inspector General Team Lead, and Electronic Key Management Systems (EKMS) Manager.

In addition, James has acquired industry certifications and licenses in the following areas:  Nationwide Mortgage License Registry (NMLR) and Texas (NMLR), Texas General Lines Agent (Property Casualty and Life Health), California Notary Public, Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C/CISO), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) COMPTIA Security +, ITIL (V3) Foundation certified, Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) National Standards, Master Training Specialist (MTS) including certifications in both Instructor Training and Curriculum Subject and Test Development, and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (SSGB) certification.

Moreover, James is a Navy Junior Recruit Officer Training Corp (NJROTC) Senior Military Science Instructor, certified at the college and high school levels in all 50 states and overseas DOD schools.

James has dedicated his life to ensure our youths and young adults have a fighting chance to grow up and obtain the life skills training, understanding, academic, and goal setting disciplines—and most importantly, the tools—necessary to tackle today’s problems for tomorrow’s challenges.  These youth will be our future LEADERS.

He currently resides in Temecula, California, with his wife Michelle and granddaughter Kae'Lani.


I want to extend a thank you to you, and your entire foundation, for partnering with our school!  We have been honored by your presence and support during our assembly as well as our 6th Annual Awards Banquet.  Our twelfth grade students benefited from writing the essay prompt, as it made them think about their past leadership qualities and where they are headed.  Your presentation at the awards ceremony was wonderful and I know our students, parents and staff appreciated your words and encouragement.  The winner of the Cooley Foundation Scholarship was very surprised and your support has confirmed that there are people to support him in his future endeavors.  He is excited for his future at Cal State San Marcos and your financial support is greatly appreciated. -- Debbie Thurston, River Springs High School


The J.C. Cooley Foundation
Options & Opportunities: The Choice Program (OOCP)
P O Box 891989
Temecula, CA 92589-1989

(915) 760-0414




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