As Associate Director for Institute Communications, John Cooper coordinates media outreach and other efforts to highlight the institute’s work and expertise.
He considers it his goal to help educate the public on national security and foreign policy, and to promote public policy that keeps Americans safe at home and strong abroad.
Cooper has worked in communications and media relations for several years, in both the public and private sector.
From 2010 to 2014, he served as a public affairs officer in the Air Force, where he achieved the rank of captain. He handled press relations and communications efforts for the F-22 Raptor at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia and the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.
During his time in the Air Force, Cooper planned and executed events with reporters from outlets such as The New York Times, CBS News and The New Yorker.
Before joining Heritage in October 2016, Cooper was press secretary for Concerned Veterans for America, an advocacy group based in Northern Virginia. While there, he focused on helping reporters highlight systemic problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs and policy solutions to ensure veterans receive the care they deserve.
Cooper’s analysis has been featured in outlets as varied as FoxNews.com, The Washington Free Beacon and Military Times.
Cooper received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Cedarville University in Ohio and recently completed a master’s degree in American government from Regent University in Virginia Beach.
He grew up in Greenwood, South Carolina, but proudly claims Virginia as his home after being born in the commonwealth and returning to live there. In his free time, he bikes and hikes around the area, trekking down to the Shenandoah and George Washington national forests to take in what he considers the best views in Virginia.
He currently resides in Fairfax, Virginia, and continues to look for the quickest way to commute to Capitol Hill every day.