Outside Advisor 

Charley Cooper, Esq.

Senior Strategist & Risk Advisor

Charley Cooper has worked as a senior executive, counselor, and strategist for more than 20 years at the highest levels of government, politics, and the private sector.   He has spent several years managing businesses at several banks and financial technology companies, previously served in three different capacities during the administration of President George W. Bush, and is a trained lawyer, communications specialist, crisis manager, and policy expert.

Cooper leads business development and marketing as Managing Director of R3CEV, the premier financial technology innovation firm driving the development of distributed ledger and blockchain solutions for use across the financial services industry.  Immediately prior, he worked as the Chief Operating Officer of State Street Global Market’s division of Trading & Clearing, in which capacity he headed overall strategy and development for State Street’s state-of-the-art trading and settlement business.  He served as the Global Head of Legal Operations in the risk management division of Deutsche Bank AG in London before joining State Street, helping the company manage the aftershocks of the global financial crisis that began with the collapse of the subprime housing market in 2007. 

Prior to joining Deutsche, Cooper spent over two years (2005-2007) serving as the Chief of Staff /Chief Operating Officer for the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the federal regulator charged with overseeing the futures, options and swaps markets in the United States.  In that role, Cooper managed day-to-day operations of the Commission and represented the CFTC on the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets.  He also frequently spoke for the Commission in the media, at Congressional staff briefings and in other public forums. 

From January 2004 through August 2005, Cooper served as Special Assistant and Senior Advisor to Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz at the Pentagon.  He acted as the Deputy Secretary’s senior communications strategist, and also advised Wolfowitz on legal and policy matters related to the global war on terror.  During his tenure, Cooper traveled with the Deputy Secretary to Iraq, the tsunami region, and Western and Eastern Europe, among other domestic and international locations.  In recognition of his service, Cooper was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service in May 2005.

Cooper joined the Department of Defense after working as a private practice attorney at the firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he focused on complex civil litigation, securities law, bankruptcy and antitrust.  In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Cooper took a leave of absence from Kirkland to join the staff of Attorney General John Ashcroft at the Department of Justice, where he served as a speechwriter to the AG.  He continued in that capacity at the Department of Justice until he joined Kirkland as a full-time attorney in August 2002.

Cooper worked from October 1997 through May of 2000 at the communications firm of Robinson, Lerer, and Montgomery in New York, where he specialized in crisis communications.  He joined RLM after serving as the Assistant Press Secretary for Bob Dole’s 1996 presidential campaign, where his responsibilities included speechwriting, media relations, and managing the press corps while traveling full time with the candidate.

Cooper has served as a panelist and guest lecturer at a variety of venues including The Institute of Politics at Harvard University, Cardozo School of Law, and Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.  He earned both a B.A. (Government) and a J.D. from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.  He is a native of New York City.