Angie Cooper


Angie Cooper serves as executive vice president of Heartland Forward, overseeing strategy, public policy, programming and Heartland Forward’s flagship event, the Heartland Summit.

As Executive Vice President, Angie is focused on being a resource for states and communities – turning Heartland Forward’s research into action, creating new partnerships, leading on public policy solutions and serving as a resource for state and local communities across the 20-states in the heartland region.

For more than 16 years, Angie worked in international and domestic public policy and government affairs for Walmart Stores, Inc., most recently as senior director of global public policy. Angie also worked in various departments within Walmart including, merchandising, public affairs, state and local government relations and the Walmart foundation.

While at Walmart, Angie served as Walmart’s chair of the Women’s Resource Council (WRC). Angie has also been on the board for the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) and the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL). Angie currently sits on the board as chair for Common Threads, a nonprofit organization that provides nutrition education to children, parents and educators in under-resourced communities.

In 2023, Angie was awarded by the Benton Institute as the Charles Benton Digital Equity Emerging Leader for her work on the #1 economic issue of our time – providing everyone access to affordable high-speed internet. She was also recognized as a Top 100 Women of Impact in Arkansas.

Angie is a native of Oklahoma and a graduate of Oklahoma State University.