Donna Cooper

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Donna Cooper
Residence Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Known for Member of Governor's cabinet

Donna Cooper was Pennsylvania Secretary of Planning and Policy and was a member of the cabinet of Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell.[1][2]

Cooper worked for Good Schools Pennsylvania, an advocacy organization for public schools.[3] She first began working for Ed Rendell as Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning during his tenure as Mayor of Philadelphia.[3][4] When he was elected Governor of Pennsylvania she was appointed Director of the Governor’s Policy Office.[5] In 2004, the office was renamed the Governor’s Office of Policy and Planning and was elevated to a cabinet-level position.[5][6]

In 2003, the political website PoliticsPA named Cooper one of the 50 most powerful individuals in Pennsylvania politics.[7] She was also called one of the "smartest staffers" in 2004 by the same website.[3] She was also named one of the state's "Most Politically Powerful Women."[8]

In a 2009 article, the Philadelphia Inquirer said that Cooper was one of the "chief architects of state policy and a key player behind the crafting of a state budget" and that "she wields tremendous power and is a natural lightning rod for criticism."[4]

In November 2010, Cooper joined the Center for American Progress as a Senior Policy Fellow on their Economic Policy team.[9]

Cooper is also an alumna of the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Donna Cooper Donna Cooper - Secretary of Planning & Policy". Governor's Cabinet Officials. Governor of Pennsylvania. Archived from the original on  Check date values in: |archivedate= (help)
  2. ^ "Donna Cooper (PA)". Project Vote Smart. Archived from the original on 2009-11-01. 
  3. ^ a b c "Pennsylvania's Smartest Staffers and Operatives". PoliticsPA. PoliticsPA. 2004. Archived from the original on 2004-04-05. 
  4. ^ a b Couloumbis, Angela (July 19, 2009). "Rendell's 'pit bull at the front door'". Philadelphia Inquirer. Archived from the original on 2009-09-14. 
  5. ^ a b "GOVERNOR RENDELL NAMES COOPER SECRETARY OF POLICY AND PLANNING" (Press release). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. October 2004. 
  6. ^ "Donna Cooper (PA)". Vote Smart. Archived from the original on 2009-10-31. 
  7. ^ "Power 50, 2003". PoliticsPA. PoliticsPA. 2003. Archived from the original on 2004-04-17. 
  8. ^ "Pennsylvania's Most Politically Powerful Women". PoliticsPA. PoliticsPA. 2004. Archived from the original on 2004-02-09. 
  9. ^ "Cooper Joins CAP as a Senior Policy Fellow".