Betsy Cooper

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Betsy Cooper

Betsy Cooper, PhD

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Betsy Cooper is a Policy Director at the Aspen Institute and Senior Advisor at Albright Stonebridge Group. A cybersecurity expert, Ms. Cooper joined Aspen and ASG after serving as the Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity at the University of California, Berkeley, where she managed a $15 million cybersecurity organization and published research on cybersecurity policy.

Previously, she served at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as an attorney advisor to the Deputy General Counsel and as a policy counselor in the Office of Policy. She has worked for over a decade in homeland security consulting, managing projects for Atlantic Philanthropies in Dublin, the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit in London, and the World Bank, and other organizations.

In addition, Ms. Cooper has clerked for Berkeley Law professor and Judge William Fletcher on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation, as well as a Yale Public Interest Fellowship. Ms. Cooper has written more than twenty manuscripts and articles on U.S. and European homeland security policy.

Ms. Cooper earned a J.D. from Yale University, a D.Phil. in Politics from Oxford University, an M.Sc. in Forced Migration from Oxford University, and a B.A. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. She speaks advanced French.

She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.