|Colby J. Cooper|
|Chief of Staff, City of Mobile, Alabama|
November 4, 2013
|Mayor||William S. "Sandy" Stimpson|
|Preceded by||Alfred "Al" Stokes|
January 7, 1976 |
Norwich, New York, United States
|Alma mater||B.A. Bucknell University|
Colby J. Cooper (born January 7, 1976, in Norwich, New York) is the Chief of Staff for the City of Mobile, Alabama under Mayor William S. "Sandy" Stimpson. Up until the time of his appointment, Cooper was serving as Director, Corporate Communications at PepsiCo, Inc. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the Coastal Alabama Leadership Council. Prior to his regional role, Cooper was the Co-Founder and Principal of The Cooper-Lyon Group, LLC, a strategic communications, public relations and operations consulting firm based in Fairhope, Alabama. Prior to launching The Cooper-Lyon Group, Cooper served as Chief of Staff to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.
While in government, Cooper served as a long-time aide to Condoleezza Rice, working in various capacities during his time at the White House and Department of State. As Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State (2007-2008), Cooper assisted in the planning and implementation of the Secretary's major events, as well her domestic and international travels, including coordinating meetings between Secretary Rice and various world leaders. Prior to his stint at the State Department, Cooper served on the National Security Council as Director for Communications and Media Relations (2003-2006) where he coordinated President George W. Bush’s foreign media interviews, traveled internationally with the President, and planned the National Security Advisor’s public appearances and media interviews. Earlier in his tenure at the White House, Cooper served as an Associate Director for Communications (2002-2003), and as an Executive and Administrative Assistant to the National Security Advisor (2001-2002). Prior to joining the White House staff, Cooper worked on the U.S. government’s Y2K preparedness and monitoring efforts.
In the news
"When I heard the news, the emotion that brewed in me was intense. It is not easy to see footage of someone you worked with dragged lifeless through the streets of a foreign land.... Ambassador Stevens was not trying to impose the will of the United States; he was there to help build a relationship between our two countries and offer support to a people who, at their core, want nothing more than to be free."
On August 26, 2010, Cooper delivered the keynote address at the (Mobile, Alabama) Chamber of Commerce's 2010 "Get Connected" Luncheon. He talked about the foundations of the American dream. In his remarks, Cooper made the following comment about education in America:
"We need to remind ourselves that education is not Republican or Democrat, it is not White, Black, Hispanic or Asian -- education should not be about the haves and have not -- primary and secondary education in America is, as far as I am concerned, an inalienable right. We cannot let political or bureaucratic complacency, at all levels, keep us from ensuring that every child is given the chance they deserve to take the necessary steps toward accomplishing their goals and dreams. They will be better for it and so will America."
On March 14, 2010, Cooper penned a contrarian op-ed for the Press-Register discussing his opposition to a 2010 House Foreign Affairs Committee non-binding resolution (H.Res 252) calling for the heinous acts committed by the Ottoman Empire against the Armenian people, from 1915-1923, to be classified as the Armenian Genocide. In the op-ed, Cooper reveals that he is actually a third generation Armenian-American and shares the plight his great grandparents endured during this time period. Despite his ancestry, he remains opposed to a resolution.
"Today, more than ever, the United States must be focused on maintaining and strengthening its strategic partnerships and alliances, not impugning (even if unintentionally) the honor and integrity of our allies for acts committed by generations before them... We will never forget what happened, but we need to be rational with our current thinking and actions. This Armenian-American is more concerned about the future of the world than trying to rewrite history."
On May 12, 2009, Cooper had a Letter to the Editor published in the New York Times defending former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice over comments she made about the Bush Administration's policy on torture that were purportedly taken out of context.
He is married to Jaime Lyon Cooper. They have a son and daughter.
- "Mobile Mayor-elect Sandy Stimpson to name Colby Cooper as chief of staff"', al.com, September 17, 2013.
- "Former White House and State Department adviser named director of coastal council"', al.com, July 29, 2011.
- "Longtime Condoleezza Rice Aide Launches Consulting Firm in Alabama", al.com/PRNewswire, February 4, 2010.
- Biography of Colby J. Cooper. The Cooper-Lyon Group.
- Camp Inspirations: Look Who Went to Camp! American Camp Association
- "Bush subordinates make 'official' visits to battlegrounds", By Joe Milicia, USA Today, October 15, 2004.
- Award Announcement from Bucknell.edu
- "2010 Class of Forty Under 40" mobilebaymag.com
- "Legendary Public Servant", Op-Ed By Colby J. Cooper, Press-Register, September 13, 2012.
- "Cooper-Lyon Principal Delivers Keynote at 2010 “Get Connected” Luncheon: Colby Cooper Discusses the Foundations of the American Dream", AL.com, August 29, 2010.
- "Armenia: Remembering the past, focusing on the future | Passing a resolution is the wrong thing", Op-Ed By Colby J. Cooper, Press-Register, March 14, 2010.
- "LETTER; What Rice Said About the President and the Law", By Colby J. Cooper, New York Times, May 12, 2009.
- Sports Illustrated web site: Colby Cooper - Bucknell Bison (statistics)
- "Chenango Stories: Colby Cooper", By Jill Kraft, The Evening Sun, February 5, 2008.
- The Cooper-Lyon Group, LLC Company Website
- Time.com - Why Is Condi Rice Joining the Torture Debate? Includes comments from Cooper.
- Pac-10 | Condoleezza Rice is not interested in becoming commissioner Includes comments from Cooper.
- Bucknell University – Two receive inaugural Bucknell Citizenship Award Colby Cooper was one of two inaugural recipients of the Bucknell Award for Distinguished Citizenship.
- Biography from the White House
- Bucknell University – Bucknell in the News – Bucknell Students Take Up Global Issues in Washington, D.C. May 7, 2004
- Bartner, Amy. The State News, April 13, 2004. Rice to speak at commencement Includes comments from Cooper.