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, live in Washington, DC, with their two daughters.
Nick Mildebrath is a Vice President at Convergence Targeted Communications. He’s overseen political and public affairs campaigns in 29 states, ensuring that Convergence’s clients receive top-notch strategic advice, engaging and creative design work, and precise, no-hassle execution of their plans at every step. He’s served as lead strategist on campaigns across the country, with a focus on the mid-atlantic, midwest, and southeast.
Before his time with Convergence, Nick worked in a variety of roles on political campaigns. Prior to that, he worked as a field organizer and later field director on successful campaigns in Florida, New York, and Washington.
Nick is a proud graduate and loyal fan of the University of Florida, where he received his degree in Political Science. He and his wife Emily live in Philadelphia, PA.
Ansley T. Mendelson
Ansley T. Mendelson is a Senior Associate at Convergence Targeted Communications. She’s been working in progressive politics for over a decade. She was bitten by the political bug early in life after her first-grade letter to President Bill Clinton was promptly answered with a nice note and collectable Bill Clinton baseball card, which she still has.
Right out of college, Ansley was hired to be the Democratic Party of Georgia’s County Affairs Director, making her one of the youngest senior staff members in the history of the Party. Before coming to Convergence, Ansley worked for the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center (BISC), ProGeorgia, the PCCC, and on campaigns up and down the ballot in Georgia and Florida.
A fifth-generation Georgian, Ansley is a graduate of two SEC schools — the University of Georgia (AB 2010) and the University of Florida (MA 2015). She lives in Arlington, VA with her husband Joel. While Joel would love for her to Chomp, she will always bleed Red and Black.
Chad Lawhorn is an Associate at Convergence Targeted Communications. He has had a passion for politics since he was in elementary school. Chad got his start on political campaigns as a volunteer canvasser and photographer for local races in his hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee. After getting a taste for campaign work on local races, he went on to build a career working campaigns all across the Volunteer State. His professional focus has been in organizing and communications.
Chad and his wife are avid photographers that love to travel while experience international foods and culture.
Chad is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, where he studied International Relations. He now lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Marina.