Advocacy & Elections: A Discussion about the INFORMS Advocacy Initiative and the 2018 Mid-Term Elections

Monday, November 5


West Building 102 C

(Session MA61)


INFORMS launched a new advocacy initiative in early 2018 to raise policymakers’ awareness and interest in the O.R. and Analytics fields, build strategic relationships between INFORMS and the Washington, D.C. policy community, and enable INFORMS to become a trusted source of expertise.


On Monday, November 5th, INFORMS Director of Public Affairs & Marketing Jeff Cohen and Signal Group Executive Vice President Charles Cooper will lead a session at the Annual Meeting in Phoenix to discuss INFORMS’ advocacy activities to date, plans for 2019, and ways that INFORMS members can become active participants in this important effort.


The session will also include a discussion about the overall current state of Washington, an analysis of the 2018 mid-term election polls and predictions, and the practical impacts and implications of different election day outcomes.


We hope you will join us for this special session.


About Us:


Jeffrey Cohen

INFORMS Director of Public Affairs & Marketing


Jeff Cohen has over 25 years of extensive experience at the intersection of communication, business, and politics.


Over the course of his career he has held a variety of communication and leadership positions with public relations and public affairs firms, businesses, and trade associations. Jeff has also served as Chief of Staff for a Member of Congress, as Press Secretary for a U.S. Senator, and as a senior advisor to numerous other federal, state, and local officials, political candidates and committees.


Jeff earned a MA from The George Washington University and a BA from Ithaca College. He is also an MBA candidate at Johns Hopkins University.


Charles Cooper

Executive President, Signal Group


Charles Cooper is highly regarded for his expertise in helping Fortune 100 companies, trade associations, and non-profits to successfully navigate Washington’s complex policy and regulatory challenges.


Before joining SIGNAL in 2010, Charles served as Chief of Staff to Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL) and worked in several senior roles in the U.S. House of Representatives, including as Policy Director at the House Republican Conference, Chief of Staff to the Republican Policy Committee, and as Legislative Director for Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL). Charles began his career in the U.S. Senate.


A native of Naples, FL, Charles holds a BA in political science and history from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas.