Rick Cofer, a criminal defense attorney in central Texas, founded his own private practice after spending nearly a decade as a prosecutor. Despite his demanding career, Cofer makes time to be an agent for positive change in his Austin community.
When Rick Cofer noticed that Austin parks needed a solution for waste diversion and recycling. He didn’t complain, he took action. As a member of the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Board, he helped get a board resolution passed to create a task force to address the problem. Yet, Cofer didn’t stop there. Once the city council authorized the task force, Cofer chaired it. The task force’s strategies and funding ideas to expand recycling in Austin’s parks were put into the city’s 2018-2019 budget. Recycling isn’t the only issue that Cofer has advocated for while he serves on the Parks and Recreation Board. He’s also worked to expand aquatic offerings and to get more land for parks.
While Rick Cofer is also a past president of Pease Park Conservancy, his commitment to improving the Austin community extends beyond parks and recreation. Cofer is the former chair of the City of Austin Zero Waste Commission. While serving on the Commission, Cofer provided leadership to initiate a plastic bag ban and a Universal Recycling Ordinance. He also served a president of the board for the Austin Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO).
Rick Cofer hasn’t limited his community service to nonprofits and government boards. He’s been active in the political realm as well. For 10 years, he served on the State Democratic Executive Committee. He’s been both a campaign worker and an elected member of the Democratic National Committee.
Notwithstanding his career commitments and his service to the community, Cofer still finds time to enjoy Pease Park with his corgi, Lady Bird.