C. Scott Cooper is the Director of Engagement and Communication at the St. Paul-based Bush Foundation. He has two decades of experience in nonprofit leadership, public affairs advocacy, and political and community organizing. He served on Paul Wellstone’s U.S. Senate staff from 1991 to 1996, and recently returned to the Senate to serve as senior advisor to Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Prior to that, he was the Outreach Director for President Obama’s campaign in Minnesota, with responsibility for designing and managing outreach programs for key constituency groups and elected officials, and overseeing major media events. In 2006, Cooper co-founded TakeAction Minnesota, the product of the merger of Progressive Minnesota and the Minnesota Alliance for Progressive Action, where he served as Executive Director from 2000 to 2006. Cooper served for twelve years as the lobbyist for OutFront Minnesota, representing the GLBT community at the Minnesota state legislature.
Cooper has a BA from Macalester College and a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. In addition to being a 2007 Bush Leadership Fellow, he also completed a Humphrey Policy Fellowship in 2005-2006. Cooper's current board service includes roles with the North Star Chapter of the Sierra Club, GiveMN.org, the Center for Victims of Torture and the Blue-Green Alliance. In addition to his work at the Bush Foundation, he also currently serves as adjunct faculty at both the Humphrey Institute and the University of Minnesota-Duluth’s Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership program, teaching classes in negotiation and leadership. Cooper co-teaches MAPL's course, Advocacy in the Public Sector: Elected Branch with Sheila Kiscaden and often serves as a guest speaker in Marcia Avner's course on Advocacy and Lobbying.
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