National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Names Jessica Cooper State Director for Maryland

Date: January 14, 2014

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), which represents more than 3,000 small business owners in Maryland, has named Jessica Cooper as its new state director in Annapolis.

“Maryland is a very difficult state for small businesses and Jessica has been working very closely with our members to amplify their voices,” said Tim Goodrich, NFIB Public Policy Director for the organization’s North Region.  “Jessica is a perfect fit and she’ll bring a lot of energy and commitment to the position.”

Cooper will take over for outgoing State Director Ellen Valentino, who notified the organization recently that she would be moving on.  Cooper currently serves as a Member Services Manager for NFIB in several states, including Maryland, where she developed a strong relationship with NFIB members.

“It’s been a wonderful experience getting to know the members and working with them at the grass roots level,” said Cooper.  “I’m deeply honored to remain in their service and I am going to fight very hard for their interests in Annapolis.”

Cooper is a California native who now lives in Takoma Park, Maryland with her husband, Rob.  She is a graduate of Marquette University where she studied public relations and political science.  She worked previously for the American Motorcyclist Association as their national grassroots coordinator.

NFIB is the country’s leading advocate for small business owners with more than 300,000 members nationwide.  It has offices in Washington, DC and all the state capitals.  For more information about NFIB, please log on to

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