Human Relations Commission Executive Director Carolyn Miller-Cooper passes away

December 30, 2016

Carolyn Miller-Cooper, executive director of the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission, passed away unexpectedly today following a medical procedure.

"Carolyn Miller-Cooper was a passionate leader dedicated to the protection of all human rights and a tireless voice for equality, fairness and dignity,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “She was, most importantly, a devoted mother, friend, counselor and colleague whose life ended too soon but whose accomplishments, from the 20-year action plan to end housing segregation to her tireless efforts to fight discrimination in all forms, will impact Louisville for decades. 

“A grateful city mourns the passing of one of our great civil rights leaders."

She began working for the city in 1998.

“It is not often that you have the opportunity to work with a leader who is fact based and takes those facts to lead with their heart,” said Reginald Glass, chairman of the Human Relations Commission Advocacy Board. “Carolyn Miller-Cooper was that kind of leader. An excellent listener and researcher with a strong passion for equality and equity for all, Carolyn Miller-Cooper's leadership as executive director of the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission will be remembered as leadership with integrity.  

“Carolyn's passing this morning deeply touches our community as well as those across the county who collaborated with her in their work to break down barriers between all people. The commissioners of the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission dedicate ourselves to continue the work of Carolyn Miller-Cooper so that Louisville will truly be a city of compassion without prejudice. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her daughter, Rachel, and the rest of her family.”

Funeral arrangements are pending.