Dave Cooley has helped craft public policy from both sides of the table. As a strategist with more than 25 years of experience in government, politics and corporate public affairs, Cooley brings a focused, practical perspective to the discussion. As Tennessee’s deputy governor under Gov. Phil Bredesen, Cooley was the point person for a multitude of public policy initiatives, ranging from health care and higher education to homeland security and energy initiatives. In 2011, Cooley served as a co-chair for Gov. Bill Haslam’s inauguration. Having worked on political and corporate campaigns in 39 states, Cooley brings a national network of relationships with key elected officials, political operatives and public-sector managers. Currently, Cooley serves on the boards of the Tennessee Tech University Foundation and Music City Bowl, as a former chairman of the Nashville Sports Council, and is the senior member of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship southeastern selection committee. Cooley is a native of Rockwood, Tenn., and, as a 1982 Truman Scholar, holds a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Tech University and a master’s degree from the University of West Florida.
Based in Washington, D.C., Emily Bryan brings our clients the benefits of 10 years of experience in government and politics. Having managed regional campaigns for climate change, energy and infrastructure expansion, and for medical certificates of need, Bryan brings seasoned judgment to corporate campaigns. In 2011, Bryan was named to a key leadership position on the transition team staff of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley. Before joining Cooley Public Strategies in August 2007, Bryan served as director of scheduling in the office of the governor, a senior re-election campaign adviser in 2006 and the inaugural director for Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen’s re-election. As the governor’s gatekeeper for more than five years, Bryan developed a network of relationships with key leaders in the public and private sectors. In 2000, she was the deputy director of administration for Al Gore’s presidential campaign. A native of Houston, Bryan holds a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University.