The Millennium Challenge Corp. has tapped Capitol Hill veteran T. Charles Cooper to lead its congressional and public affairs department, which acts as liaison between the agency and the U.S. Congress.
Cooper currently serves as staff director of the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee under Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and DPC Chairman Byron Dorgan (D-ND).
In addition to managing MCC’s relations with Congress, Cooper will take charge of the agency’s dealings with the media, academe, nongovernmental organizations, think tank institutions, private-sector actors and other organizations interested in MCC’s work.
“Chuck brings years of impressive policy and political experience to MCC,” MCC CEO Daniel Yohannes said in a statement. “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.”
Cooper has been engaged in Capitol Hill assignments since 1996, when he served as legislative assistant under former Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), who now serves as a U.S. senator.