As a GU Politics Fellow, Rory joins some of the best minds in politics, campaigns, journalism and public service to engage and educate future leaders in those fields.
Purple Partner Rory Cooper has been chosen as part of the Fall 2021 class of Georgetown University’s prestigious GU Politics Fellows Program. Through its work as part of the Institute of Politics and Public Service at GU’s McCourt School of Public Policy, the new Fellowship class aims to tackle some of the biggest political challenges of the day and give the next generation of political and government leaders insight into politics and beyond.
Throughout their term, the Fellows host weekly discussion groups for students and the broader Georgetown community to become better acquainted with the world of U.S. politics. Fellows also create student strategy teams that advise the Fellows on ways to better connect politics, government and media with the next generation, and offer students opportunities to network, build relationships, ask questions, discuss career paths and examine the latest developments in domestic and foreign policy. The program creates a space where students learn from these leaders, and the Fellows learn from students and take those insights back into their professional work.
Rory joins a prestigious list of past Fellows and a new class including:
- Charlotte Clymer: Former Press Secretary for Rapid Response, The Human Rights Campaign; Transgender activist and military veteran
- Ambassador Bob Lighthizer: US Trade Representative, Trump Administration
- Amna Nawaz: Chief Correspondent, PBS NewsHour
- Rebecca Pearcey: Political Director and Senior Advisor, Elizabeth Warren for President
- Brian Stelter: Chief Media Correspondent & Host of “Reliable Sources,” CNN
At Purple, where he was named a Partner earlier this year, Rory advises top executives and leading advocacy and reputation campaigns for some of the world’s most recognized corporations and issue-based organizations. He joined Purple after serving as communications director for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor where he advised leadership on the party’s agenda and legislative priorities. As part of the original staff in the Office for Homeland Security at the White House, Rory played a central role in the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and the development of a national homeland security strategy in the aftermath of 9/11.
Previously, Rory led communications and strategy for The Heritage Foundation, served as a senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Energy, and was director of legislative and intergovernmental affairs at NASA. Along the way, he’s worked on several presidential and congressional campaigns, including President Bush’s reelection efforts in 2004 and as a political staffer for the National Republican Congressional Committee.