Elliott O. Cooper has served as District Director of the Small Business Administration’s South Carolina District Office in Columbia since April 1991. Before joining the SBA, Mr. Cooper held several senior management positions in banking.
Mr. Cooper was raised in Columbia, South Carolina. He graduated from The Citadel and completed executive development studies at the University of Georgia and the Graduate School of Business at Indiana University. He also completed a program in Economic Development conducted by the South Carolina Economic Developers’ School.
Mr. Cooper was a member of the Board of Trustees for Richland Memorial Hospital (now Palmetto Richland) for eight years, serving as Chairman of the Board for two and-a-half years. He also served as Federal co-Chair of the South Carolina Rural Economic Development Council and as Chairman of the Combined Federal Campaign of the Greater Columbia Area. In addition, Mr. Cooper has been on the Board of Directors for the Arthritis Foundation, United Way of South Carolina, the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the Columbia Sertoma Club and Junior Achievement of Greater Columbia.
Mr. Cooper has been active in various community service organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America, the Salvation Army and The Citadel Foundation.