Dr. Nicole M. Cooper serves as Vice President of Social Responsibility at UnitedHealthcare, where she leads national signature partnerships and local social investment strategies to bolster UnitedHealthcare’s social impact across the US. Reporting to the UnitedHealthcare Chief Communications Officer, among other responsibilities, Dr. Cooper leads national corporate philanthropic grant-making efforts and employee volunteer programs that are focused on addressing basic access to care and the social determinants of health for underserved communities. She is also a member of the executive UnitedHealthcare Inclusion and Diversity Council.
Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Dr. Cooper was an Obama administration political appointee and part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services team responsible for implementation of the Affordable Care Act. At the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Cooper served as a policy advisor to key leaders in the agency, including the Chief of Staff at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College, a master of public health (MPH) degree from the University of Michigan and a doctor of public health (DrPH) degree from Harvard University.