Chris Cooper founded Convergence Targeted Communications in 2014 after five years as a Managing Director with SKDKnickerbocker and nine years with MSHC Partners (formerly Malchow Schlackman Hoppey & Cooper).
During nearly two decades in politics, Chris has worked on campaigns in 40 states and the United Kingdom. His experience spans the fields of communications strategy; persuasion mail creation, execution and microtargeting; traditional and digital media consulting; campaign/project management; and public relations. His work has helped win elections from President, Governor and U.S. Senator to state representative and city councilmember.
Convergence is positioned in the vanguard of progressive, reform-oriented political campaigns. Chris agrees with millions of Americans that our electoral system is broken and needs fundamental reform. To that end, Convergence was the lead direct mail strategist for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign in 2016, handling all of the campaign’s direct mail targeting, creative and production needs in 10 states, including New Hampshire, Michigan and Wisconsin. Convergence has also worked on behalf of election reform ballot initiatives; state-based independent expenditures to bring new voices to state legislatures; education reform advocates at state and local levels; and Super PACs like Americans Elect and Independence USA PAC.
In addition to his work for Bernie 2016, Chris directed multi-state persuasion mail efforts for Gore-Lieberman ’00 and Kerry-Edwards ’04, and oversaw a 30-piece program in New Hampshire for Obama for America in 2012. From 1998 to 2010, Chris developed persuasion mail campaigns for the independent expenditure arm of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). Chris has helped elect over 35 Members of Congress, including current Reps. Ruben Gallego and Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), David Price (D-NC) and John Delaney (D-MD).
During the 1990s, Chris served as national development director and political director at the New Democrat Network; campaign director at Campaign Performance Group, a persuasion mail firm; account executive at Joe Slade White and Company media consulting firm; manager of two congressional campaigns, including the 1996 reelection campaign of former U.S. Rep. John Spratt (D-SC); director of voter identification and turnout on a gubernatorial campaign; and as a Capitol Hill aide on the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee under then-Chairman Sen. Ernest F. Hollings (D-SC).
A native of Charleston, SC, Chris graduated cum laude from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and is a frequent lecturer at colleges, political training seminars and conferences in the U.S. and Europe. Chris and his wife, Elizabeth Spratt Cooper, live in Washington, DC, with their two daughters.
Nick Mildebrath is a Senior Communications Strategist at Convergence Targeted Communications, where he oversees the development and implementation of targeted print and digital communications plans from beginning to end. Before joining Convergence, he was a Political Associate in SKDKnickerbocker’s Washington, DC office.
A native of Florida and California, Nick came to DC from Gainesville, Florida, where he worked in a variety of roles on municipal, county and state legislative races in the North Florida area, including managing the re-election bid of Gainesville Mayor Craig Lowe. He has extensive experience drafting, designing and targeting print and digital communications for a wide variety of political clients. Nick worked as a field organizer and later field director on successful campaigns in Florida, New York, and Washington State.
Nick is a proud graduate and loyal fan of the University of Florida, where he received his degree in Political Science in 2011.
Rebecca is an Associate at Convergence Targeted Communications. A fifth-generation Arizonan, Rebecca came to D.C. from South Hadley, Massachusetts. Her professional experiences have included Arizona Congressional races, an internship on Capitol Hill with the Democratic Office of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and an editorial position at Democracy: A Journal of Ideas in D.C. Her work has focused on community outreach, social media development, and fundraising. She also worked for a language immersion program in Paris and spent a semester studying at SciencesPo, an elite political science university in Paris.
Rebecca graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2015 with a degree in International Relations, with a concentration in International Ethics.