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Josephine S. Cooper

Josephine Cooper LLC
Public Affairs Consultant
Washington, DC, USA


Josephine S. Cooper is chief executive of Josephine Cooper LLC, a Washington-based consulting firm which provides crisis management, public affairs and communications services to companies, trade associations and individuals. On October 1, 2010, she retired as group vice president, public policy and government/industry affairs for Toyota where she directed federal and state government affairs, legislative, regulatory and compliance issues.

Prior to joining Toyota in 2004, Ms. Cooper was president and CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a coalition of car and light truck manufacturers. She has also served as vice president for regulatory affairs at the American Forest & Paper Association, and senior vice president at the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association. 

Ms. Cooper's broad policy expertise includes senior positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and on Capitol Hill. 

She serves on several boards and advisory groups, including the Board of Visitors for Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, The Salvation Army National Capital Area, Washington First Bank, Washington Performing Arts Society, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Environmental Law Institute  and The Economic Club of Washington, DC.

The Automotive Hall of Fame honored Ms. Cooper with its "Distinguished Service Citation Award" in 2008. Automotive News recognized Ms. Cooper as a Government Affairs "All Star" in 2007. She was named by the Washingtonian magazine as one of the "100 Most Powerful Women in Washington" in 2001.

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