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 Partner at Convergence Targeted Communications and joined the company at its founding in 2014. Over the course of more than a decade in politics, he’s managed and provided strategic guidance to political and public affairs campaigns in 29 states.
Nick played a central role in Convergence’s work on behalf of clients at every level of the ballot, including Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, the successful election of Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Quinton Lucas in 2019, and the defeat of a Republican County Executive and State’s Attorney in Anne Arundel County, Maryland in 2018, when an incumbent Republican Governor carried the county by a significant margin.
Before his time with Convergence, Nick worked in a variety of roles on political campaigns in his native Florida, including as a manager. He’s proud to have started his career as a field organizer in Washington State before working on campaigns in Florida and New York.
Nick is a proud graduate and loyal fan of the University of Florida, where he received his degree in political science.
Alex Guy is a Senior Strategist at Convergence Targeted Communications. She has always had a passion for politics and began her political career as a field organizer in her home congressional district in Kentucky. After falling in love with campaigns, she went on to work in organizing and training on races all across the country in states like Illinois, Nevada and New Hampshire. Alex has experience on all levels of campaigns from the state and local level to the Presidential level.
In her free time, Alex enjoys hiking and traveling with her friends and family.
Alex graduated from University of Kentucky with a degree in Communication and is passionate about following all UK sports teams. She currently lives in Washington, DC.