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.
Erica Prosser brings over 15 years of experience working with campaigns and advancing progressive causes at the highest levels of Democratic politics to her role as Managing Director at Convergence Targeted Communications.
In addition to advising candidate, labor, and advocacy campaigns as a direct mail, media, and polling consultant with several major Democratic consulting firms, Erica has been on the ground – working in field, communications, and as manager on campaigns at every level.
As a direct mail consultant, Erica has helped craft and execute award-winning mail for major Democratic victories at the Presidential, Senatorial, Congressional, Legislative, and Mayoral levels. Some of the nation’s largest labor and Democratic advocacy organizations rely on Erica’s strategic expertise to effectively communicate with voters and win critical campaigns.
Throughout her career, Erica has been committed to building the bench of women leaders and bringing representative voices to Democratic politics. She regularly gives her time to organizations encouraging and supporting women to run, conducting candidate training sessions and mentoring diverse and women candidates and campaign staff. She served as the first Communications Director for Annie’s List, helping elect Democratic women in Texas, and as a senior advisor to advocacy campaigns for reproductive justice organizations.
A Pennsylvania native, Erica is a fourth-generation and enthusiastic Penn State Nittany Lion, who also calls Texas home. Erica and her husband Chebon currently live in Los Angeles.
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.
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.