Josephine S. (Jo) Cooper specializes in energy, environmental and regulatory advocacy and communications. From 2004-2010, Ms. Cooper served as Group Vice President, public policy and government/industry affairs for Toyota North America. She was instrumental in achievement of the industry’s “one national program” for vehicle fuel economy standards for 2010-2016. An experienced crisis communications veteran, Ms. Cooper managed the company’s Washington response to the vehicle safety challenges experienced by Toyota.
Prior to joining Toyota in 2004, Ms. Cooper served for five years as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a coalition of car and light truck manufacturers dedicated to improving vehicle safety and environmental progress.
Ms. Cooper has served in leadership positions at two other prominent trade associations. From 1992 to 1999, Ms. Cooper was Vice President for regulatory affairs at the American Forest & Paper Association, where she managed public policy issues relating to environment, health and safety, energy, transportation, employee relations and the association’s human resources program. Previously, as senior vice president at the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association, Ms. Cooper was chief operating officer managing policy development for 25 affiliated chemical trade associations.
Ms. Cooper’s broad policy expertise in energy and environmental issues springs from her experience in working on Capitol Hill and in a federal agency. At the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, she served as assistant administrator for external affairs. She also worked for Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker on the Environment and Public Works Committee and for then-Congressman Richard Cheney on a host of public policy issues.
Ms. Cooper serves on a number of boards and advisory groups, including the Board of Visitors for Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and the Board of Directors of Washington First Bank. Ms. Cooper served as president of the Organization International des Constructeurs d’Automobiles (OICA), the international association of motor vehicle manufacturers headquartered in Paris.