George Cooper is a Partner at Forbes-Tate and was with Forbes-Tate’s predecessor firm, Cauthen Forbes & Williams, which he joined in 2010. Mr. Cooper leads the firm’s natural resource and outdoor recreation government affairs work.
Prior to joining Forbes-Tate, Mr. Cooper served as the President and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, a groundbreaking coalition of the nation’s leading hunting, fishing and conservation organizations founded to give the sportsman-conservationist voice greater resonance in federal policymaking. Throughout his seven years at TRCP, both as CEO and as Vice President for Policy and Communications, Mr. Cooper helped create a new strategic advocacy niche in Washington for the nation’s 40 million hunters and anglers with an emphasis on highly effective communications around issues including marine resources management, outdoor recreation participation and access, public lands management, public land and offshore energy development, private lands agricultural policy, and federal funding for natural resource management.
Mr. Cooper’s communications and political experience extends directly into the media. Prior to joining TRCP, Mr. Cooper worked for CNN for ten years. From 1997 to 2003, Mr. Cooper served as Senior Producer for public affairs shows including “Evans and Novak,” “Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer,” and “Reliable Sources,” and then produced on the White House and Capitol Hill beats. During his time show producing and story producing in Washington, Mr. Cooper worked closely with prominent political experts and interviewed and reported on members of Congress, top Administration officials, and other leading figures in Washington. Prior to those assignments, he was at CNN Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia with Headline News and the network’s Political Unit covering the 1996 elections.
At Forbes-Tate, Mr. Cooper uses his extensive network of relationships in Washington to connect clients with the right people on Capitol Hill and in the Administration. He also goes beyond lobbying to help clients better understand the media and campaigns and how to deliver messages that will punch through and be heard by Congress, the Administration and the general public. His extensive background in issue advocacy and journalism gives Mr. Cooper a unique understanding of how to shape advocacy campaigns and media plans, which when coupled with effective lobbying, achieves positive policy and legislative results.
Mr. Cooper graduated from Denison University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Political Science. He and his wife and two children live in Chevy Chase, Maryland.