Colby Cooper

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Colby J. Cooper
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Chief of Staff, City of Mobile, Alabama
Assumed office
November 4, 2013
Mayor William S. "Sandy" Stimpson
Preceded by Alfred "Al" Stokes
Personal details
Born (1976-01-07) January 7, 1976 (age 40)
Norwich, New York, United States
Political party Republican
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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]


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[5] 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,[6] 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.

On October 19, 2007, Cooper received Bucknell University's inaugural Award for Distinguished Citizenship.[7] In 2010, he was named by Mobile Bay magazine as a "40 Under Forty" honoree.[8]

In the news[edit]

On September 13, 2012, Cooper had a special tribute to slain U.S. Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, published in the Press-Register.[9] Cooper writes:

"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.[10] 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[11] 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[12] 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.

Personal life[edit]

Cooper received his B.A. from Bucknell University, where he was a two-time varsity football letter winner.[13] He served on Bucknell University's Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2007-2008.

He is married to Jaime Lyon Cooper. They have a son and daughter.

He is a native of Oxford, New York.[14]


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