Mr. Cooper joined the Board in 2023 and is a member of the Audit, Governance and Nominating and Asset Liability Committees. Mr. Cooper is the founder and managing member of Driver Management Company LLC (“Driver”). Prior to founding Driver, Mr. Cooper was the senior portfolio manager of the Financial Opportunity Strategy at Hilton Capital Management. Prior to that, Mr. Cooper was a senior investment banker covering depository institutions at Jefferies and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Mr. Cooper began his career as a corporate lawyer, focusing on public and private company mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, contests for corporate control and capital markets. Mr. Cooper earned his J.D. from the University of Montana School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Virginia.