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Cooper worked for Good Schools Pennsylvania, an advocacy organization for public schools. She first began working for Ed Rendell as deputy mayor for Policy and Planning during his tenure as Mayor of Philadelphia. When he was elected Governor of Pennsylvania she was appointed Director of the Governor’s Policy Office. In 2004, the office was renamed the Governor’s Office of Policy and Planning and was elevated to a cabinet-level position.
In 2003, the political website PoliticsPA named Cooper one of the 50 most powerful individuals in Pennsylvania politics. She was also called one of the "smartest staffers" in 2004 by the same website. She was also named one of the state's "Most Politically Powerful Women."
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."
- "Donna Cooper (PA)". Project Vote Smart. Archived from the original on September 29, 2010.
- "Pennsylvania's Smartest Staffers and Operatives". PoliticsPA. 2004. Archived from the original on April 5, 2004.
- Couloumbis, Angela (July 19, 2009). "Rendell's 'pit bull at the front door'". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Archived from the original on September 15, 2009.
- "GOVERNOR RENDELL NAMES COOPER SECRETARY OF POLICY AND PLANNING" (Press release). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. October 2004.
- "Donna Cooper (PA)". Vote Smart. Archived from the original on September 29, 2010.
- "Power 50, 2003". PoliticsPA. PoliticsPA. 2003. Archived from the original on April 17, 2004.
- "Pennsylvania's Most Politically Powerful Women". PoliticsPA. 2004. Archived from the original on February 9, 2004.
- "Cooper Joins CAP as a Senior Policy Fellow".
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