Jenna Cooper, APR
A seasoned public relations professional, Jenna Cooper, APR is Founder/President at Gratia PR . Her nose for news has transplanted her in television broadcast markets across the country including Boise, Austin, Atlanta and Seattle. Cooper has successfully woven her award-winning journalism skills together with high-profile public relations and communications positions, serving as a strategist and front line spokesperson and President of the Public Relations Society of America, Portland Metro Chapter. Most recently, Cooper served as Director of Communications for PSU's School of Business, in the heart of downtown Portland. She also managed Communications at DoveLewis, the Northwest’s only nonprofit emergency animal hospital. No matter the role, Cooper and her team, takes a holistic approach to the communications for all targeted audiences.
Prior, Cooper served as the main Public Information Officer (PIO) at NW Natural where she handled most media calls and emergency incidents. Her proactive campaigns achieved a multitude of positive stories for her company, while obtaining quantifiable results. Cooper’s agency experience comes from the award-winning earned media department at CMD Agency. There, she secured local and national media coverage for several clients, such as JELD-WEN, JELD-WEN Tradition, Timber Products, SMART, KOA and NW Natural.
Cooper’s communications campaigns have won several PRSA Portland Spotlight awards. The Associated Press, and the prestigious Texas Headliners Foundation have awarded her for her excellence in journalism. Career highlights include reporting on the numerous court challenges and recounts stemming from the 2000 Presidential campaign the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in North Texas, and the volcanic activity in 2004 on Mt. St. Helens.
Cooper is accredited in public relations from the Universal Accreditation Board through the Public Relations Society of America. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Oregon. Cooper lives in Portland, Oregon with her daughter, and what is suspected to be, the world's most mellow Beagle.