Press Release

T. Charles Cooper Named MCC Vice President for Congressional and Public Affairs

For Immediate Release

March 31, 2010

Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Chief Executive Officer Daniel W. Yohannes announced today that T. Charles Cooper will join MCC as Vice President for Congressional and Public Affairs (CPA).

"We are very pleased to have Chuck Cooper join the MCC team,” said Mr. Yohannes.  "Chuck brings years of impressive policy and political experience to MCC. His work in shaping legislation, developing innovative approaches to messaging, implementing successful initiatives, and managing internal and external relationships will greatly enhance MCC’s congressional and public affairs strategies.”

As Vice President for CPA, Mr. Cooper will lead the department that manages MCC’s relationships with the U.S. Congress, the media, universities, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, the private sector, and other groups interested in MCC’s mission to reduce poverty through economic growth. 

Mr. Cooper is currently the Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee (DPC), where, under the leadership of Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and DPC Chairman Byron Dorgan (D-ND), he manages the work of the Committee. The DPC provides research and legislative support, publishes reports, holds hearings, tracks roll call votes, develops new policy ideas and message strategies, and hosts policy conferences. Prior to working as Staff Director, Mr. Cooper served as the Committee’s Deputy Staff Director, General Counsel, and Policy Advisor. 

Mr. Cooper started his career on Capitol Hill in 1996 as a Legislative Assistant in the office of then-Representative Sherrod Brown (D-OH). Prior to Mr. Cooper’s time in Washington, D.C., he practiced law at Smith, Marshall and Weaver in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, where he was an associate from 1986 to 1991 and a partner from 1991 to 1996. 

Mr. Cooper received his B.A. in Political Science and English Literature at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, his J.D. at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and his M.S. in Public and Non-Profit Management, with a specialization in public policy, at New York University.

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Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. Government agency designed to work with developing countries, is based on the principle that aid is most effective when it reinforces sound political, economic, and social policies that promote poverty reduction through economic growth.  For more information, please visit

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