Chris Cooper is a Managing Director of SKDKnickerbocker. He joined the firm in 2009 after nearly nine years with MSHC Partners (formerly Malchow Schlackman Hoppey & Cooper).
During nearly two decades in politics, Chris has worked on campaigns in 38 states as well as the United Kingdom. His experience spans the fields of communications strategy; persuasion mail creation, execution and microtargeting; traditional and digital media consulting; campaign/project management; and public relations. His work has helped win elections from President, Governor and U.S. Senator to state representative and city councilmember.
In 2012, Chris’s clients included Obama for America; independent expenditures for Americans Elect, Independence USA PAC, StudentsFirst, and the National Association of Realtors; and successful local and congressional campaigns in Arizona, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina and Texas.
Over seven election cycles, Chris developed persuasion mail campaigns for the independent expenditure arm of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). His work has helped elect over 35 Members of Congress.
During the 1990s, Chris served as national development director and political director at the New Democrat Network; campaign director at Campaign Performance Group, a persuasion mail firm; account executive at Joe Slade White and Company media consulting firm; manager of two congressional campaigns, including the 1996 reelection campaign of former U.S. Rep. John Spratt (D-SC); director of voter identification and turnout on a gubernatorial campaign; and as a Capitol Hill aide on the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee under then-Chairman Sen. Ernest F. Hollings (D-SC). As a college student, Chris was a volunteer precinct captain for Clinton-Gore ’92, helping the ticket win his precinct by one vote.
A native of Charleston, SC, Chris graduated cum laude from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and is a frequent lecturer at colleges, political training seminars and conferences in the U.S. and Europe. Chris and his wife, Elizabeth Spratt Cooper, live in Washington, DC, with their two daughters.