The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) Announces Bobby Cochran as Chief Operating Officer

September 28, 2021 | Press Releases

Washington, DC (September 29, 2021) — The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) is pleased to announce the selection of Bobby Cochran as the new Chief Operating Officer (COO). In this role, Bobby will support the organization in advancing RCAP’s strategy and vision to work with rural and tribal communities across the U.S. to elevate rural voices & build local capacity to improve quality of life, starting at the tap. Cochran will be joining RCAP with more than 15 years of experience leading non-profits, most recently serving as Community Resilience Partner and Executive Director to the Willamette Partnership.  

“Time and again, I’ve seen rural communities innovate—building the kinds of places where kids and families can grow and thrive. And they’ve done that in the face of some pretty significant challenges. I’m so excited to be working with RCAP and its partners around the country to help navigate these challenges. There’s never been a better time than now to double down on the future of rural America,” says Cochran.   

Throughout his career, Cochran has worked with small and low-income communities to develop the resources and tools needed to thrive. Cochran’s dedication to social justice and health equity aligns with RCAP’s initiative to bring equitable resources to rural communities. Bobby is an innovator and collaborator, and will bring those attributes to help RCAP build on a foundation that has been set for more than four decades in assisting rural and tribal communities across the country in a variety of areas. 

“We’re thrilled to have Bobby joining our team as COO,” says Nathan Ohle, RCAP Chief Executive Officer (CEO). “Bobby’s intuitive leadership and deep expertise in social innovation and water issues in the Pacific Northwest aligns well with RCAP’s work and vision moving forward. His passion will drive the organization, and the communities we serve, to build upon the opportunities ahead.”  

Cochran received his Ph.D./M.A. from Portland State University specializing in public policy and conflict resolution. 


About RCAP 

RCAP is a national non-profit network providing opportunity, assistance, and practical guidance to small communities in all fifty states, U.S. territories, and tribal lands to ensure access to safe drinking water, sanitary wastewater disposal, and economic prosperity for all rural America. To learn more about RCAP, visit