George Cooper is a Partner at Forbes Tate Partners – and was also a Partner at FTP’s predecessor firm, Cauthen, Forbes & Williams having joined in 2009. Mr. Cooper leads the firm’s natural resource and outdoor recreation government affairs practice.
Prior to joining Forbes Tate Partners, George served as President and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) – a groundbreaking coalition of the nation’s premier hunting, fishing, and conservation organizations founded to give the sportsman-conservationist voice greater resonance in federal policymaking.
Throughout his more than seven years at TRCP, both as CEO and as Vice President for Policy and Communications, Mr. Cooper helped to create a new strategic advocacy niche in Washington for the nation’s 40 million hunters and anglers.
To do this, Mr. Cooper successfully emphasized the use of highly effective advocacy communications around pertinent issues, including marine resources management, outdoor recreation participation and access, public lands management, private lands agricultural policy, and federal funding for natural resource management.
George has broadened his use of those advocacy tools to provide support and representation for clients in natural resource policy spaces and outdoor recreation interests beyond hunting and fishing. George’s communications and political experience is rooted in Washington, DC political media. Before he joined TRCP, Mr. Cooper worked for CNN for more than a decade.
From 1993 to 2003, Mr. Cooper’s work for CNN included serving as Senior Producer for prominent public affairs shows like “Evans and Novak,” “Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer,” and “Reliable Sources.” Mr. Cooper also served as a Senior Producer on the White House and Captiol Hill beats. He worked closely with top political experts and interviewed and reported on members of Congress, Administration officials, and other leading figures inside the Beltway.
George leverages his extensive network in Washington to connect Forbes Tate Partners’ clients with the right people on Capitol Hill and within the Administration. He goes beyond the lobbying he does day-to-day around Washington to help clients and their third party allies better understand the media and campaigns and how to deliver messages that will resonate throughout both the political sphere and the general public.
Thanks to his background in issue advocacy and journalism, Mr. Cooper has a unique understanding of how to shape advocacy campaigns and media plans – which, when coupled with effective lobbying, achieves positive policy and legislative results.