Geoffrey R. Cooper

Geoffrey R. Cooper

Career Interests

Marine Conservation, Maritime Transportation, Offshore Energy Development, Policy Analysis, Ocean Noise

Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


Master in Environmental Management, May 2017
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Environmental Economics and Policy
Masters Project: “Demonstrating Air Emissions Reductions through Energy Efficiency on Maersk G-Class Vessels”
Research Assistantship: Rethinking Regulation Network at the Kenan Institute of Ethics
Client-Based Projects: American Bureau of Shipping-Nautical Systems, Maersk Line, World Bank
Activities and Groups: Ocean Policy Working Group, Ocean Energy Team, Duke Fish, Business and the Environment
Bachelor of Arts, 2012
St. Mary's College of Maryland – St. Mary’s City, MD 
Public Policy and Sociology, Minor in Environmental Studies    
Senior Thesis: Siting Recommendations for Liquefied Natural Gas Import/Export Terminals in the United States
Awards: Cum Laude, International Sociology Honor Society, St. Mary’s Senior Scholar     
Semester Abroad: James Cook University; Townsville, Australia
Activities: Offshore Sailing Team (Captain 2010-2012), Student Director of Admissions, St. Mary’s River Project

Professional Experience

Government and Public Affairs Intern, Det Norske Veritas (U.S.A.), Inc. – Washington DC
Analyzed policy and market factors to develop a strategy focused on reducing underwater noise from commercial shipping to orient business operations (budget: $5,000 for work while finishing degree). Shaped internal business priorities and external strategies for policy action. Developed strong relationships and advised congressional staff and other government actors on issues including: commercial fishing vessel safety, icebreaker acquisition timing, vessel incidental discharge, underwater noise. (July 2016-Feb 2017)
Kleberg Summer Legislative Fellow, US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation – Washington, DC    
Directly supported Subcommittee on Oceans, Fisheries, Atmosphere, and the Coast Guard as well as Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security. Drafted decision memo briefings, met with government agencies and stakeholders, prepared materials for hearings. Issues areas: Coast Guard and NOAA oversight, fisheries management, and marine mammal conservation. (May 2016-June 2016)
Senior Sales Coordinator, John Hancock Insurance – Boston, MA    
Created complex case designs and illustrations using a diversified portfolio of life insurance and long-term care. Coordinated with internal departments and broker/dealers to insure smooth sales process from quote through issue. (Jan 2015-July 2015)
Campaign Manager, John Miller for State Attorney General – Boston, Massachusetts (April 2014-Aug 2014)
Deputy Campaign Manager, Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell US Senate – Anchorage, Alaska 
Developed messaging, press releases, and policy positions on topics including sustainable fishing, workforce development, international relations, education, and veteran issues. Recruited, managed, and directed campaign staff and volunteers    (Oct. 2013-April 2014)
Maritime Research Associate, Institute of the North – Anchorage, Alaska    
Collected and presented data for the Arctic Maritime and Aviation Transportation Infrastructure Initiative for the Sustainable Development Working Group of the 8-nation Arctic Council. Planned and coordinated 2013 Arctic Energy Summit in Iceland for hundreds of global stakeholders. Drafted and edited reports and planned policy conferences on sustainable fisheries, energy development, maritime shipping, search-and-rescue, oil spill response, mining, workforce development, and critical infrastructure. (June 2012-Oct 2013)

Additional Information

Strategic Advisor and Founding Member, Foundation for America (volunteer, 2014)
In-depth knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, STATA, Tableau, and OpenLCA
Eagle Scout (2007)
Series 6 Certified



cost-benefit analysis
stakeholder engagement

Graduation Date

May 2017

Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Business / Industry
Federal Government
Law / Legal
Non-profit / NGO
Research Institute / Think Tank