NASHVILLE—Former Tennessee Deputy Governor Dave Cooley has formed Cooley Public Strategies, a new consultancy that will operate as a subsidiary of Nashville public relations firm McNeely Pigott & Fox. Cooley will also serve as a principal of MP&F.
Cooley “has played an important role in the development of public policy and oversight of a $25 billion enterprise over the past four years as Governor Bredesen’s most trusted adviser,” says MP&F managing principal Mark McNeely. “His experience in government and politics was already well-honed before his most recent service, but his knowledge of state government outside of Tennessee will be very attractive to many potential clients.”
Cooley was a principal at McNeely Pigott & Fox from 1993 until taking a leave of absence in mid-2001 to run Bredesen’s successful 2002 gubernatorial election campaign. After Bredesen’s victory, he invited Cooley to serve in the administration’s number two position, and to avoid the appearance of conflicts, Cooley sold his interest in MP&F to its other principals: McNeely, Mike Pigott, David Fox, Katy Varney and Keith Miles.