photo of Patricia CooperPatricia Cooper joined the Satellite Industry Association (SIA) as its President in November 2007 with more than 17 years in the satellite industry and in government. As President, Ms. Cooper is SIA's lead representative for government services, regulatory, legislative, homeland security, export control, and trade issues of critical importance to the Association's members. She also takes over the day-to-day management and operations of SIA, including member communications, staff leadership, and organization of SIA sponsored events.

Ms. Cooper joined SIA following a five-year tenure in the Federal Communications Commission where she managed the FCC's bilateral relationships with regulatory agencies across the world, served as lead author of the FCC's inaugural competition report to Congress on communications satellite industry, and was Senior Satellite Competition Advisor in the International Bureau. Before joining the FCC, Patricia directed the international regulatory strategy of CoreExpress, a start-up intelligent data delivery company.

From 1994 to 2000, she was Senior Director for Regulatory Policy at PanAmSat Corporation during its transformation from a single satellite communications company to a global satellite system. There, Ms. Cooper directed the company's international market access, and coordinated policy and trade outreach on six continents. From 1989 to 1994, Ms. Cooper counseled U.S. satellite companies on international business opportunities for the U.S. Commerce Department's International Trade Administration and monitored telecom liberalization in the Americas. She began her communications career with Motorola's U.S. Federal Government Affairs office in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Ms. Cooper holds a Master's Degree in International Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) and graduated summa cum laude from Kansas State University with a Bachelor's Degrees in Political Science and German.