The new executive director of the Coastal Alabama Leadership Council couldn’t have a more impressive resume for the job ahead. Colby J. Cooper, who lives with his family in Fairhope, Alabama, served as principal advisor to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for over a decade and traveled worldwide with both Secretary Rice and President George W. Bush.“Colby has been a longtime trusted aide and confidant,” said Rice in an official statement sent to the Mobile Press-Register for a story in its July 29 editions. “I am thrilled that he will serve as the executive director of this regional organization to work toward strengthening the Gulf Coast in my home state of Alabama.”
Colby told the Press-Register he sees the new job “as a great chance to use my global experience to create local solutions.”
CALC chairman Ricky Mathews called it “a perfect fit. Colby was ready for a new stage in his career at the exact moment our organization was ready to take the next step.”
Cooper, 35, is a 1999 graduate of Bucknell University, where he lettered in varsity football. Before joining Secretary Rice at the Department of State, he served as the Director for Communications and Media Relations on the National Security Council at the White House, where he was responsible for long-range foreign policy communications planning and initiative roll-outs.
“I’m excited about joining the CALC,” said Cooper. “To partner in shaping the mission and operations of an organization like this, with so many regional leaders already committed to its success, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
The Coastal Alabama Leadership Council is a non-profit organization of business CEOs and non-profit leaders. Its formation, early in 2011, implements a key recommendation of the Coastal Recovery Commission (CRC) of Alabama in the wake of the 2010 Gulf oil spill: To create a permanent coalition of individuals, companies and non-profits to facilitate planning and implementation of initiatives to enhance environmental, societal and economic health on a regional scale.
The foundation for those initiatives was laid in the CRC’s December 2010 report, “A Roadmap to Resilience,” which can be downloaded by clicking on the report’s cover in the far right column of this website.
Read more about CRC goals and the process that led to the report in the column to the immediate right and in the news posts preceding this one.
“Hiring Colby,” said Mathews, “readies us for an enthusiastic outreach effort to add members and broaden the base of the Leadership Council.”
Cooper is expected to assume the duties of CALC executive director in October of 2011.