Angie Cooper

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Angie Cooper leads Heartland Summit and Heartland Forward’s programming efforts. The Heartland Summit is the flagship convening of Heartland Forward, a Bentonville, AR-based “think and do” tank focused on advancing economic performance and opportunity in the center of the country.

As Chief Program Officer, Angie is focused on turning Heartland Forward’s research into action, creating new partnerships, leading on policy solutions, and serving as a resource for Heartland communities.

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). The WRC is a group of women and men who cultivate an inclusive environment and act as a forum to connect, develop and advocate for their members. Angie has also served on the board for the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) and the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL). Angie currently serves on the board as chair for Common Threads, a nonprofit organization that provides hands-on, cooking and nutrition education to children, parents and educators in under-resourced communities.

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