Peter Cooper, Assistant Executive Director
Mr. Cooper was reappointed assistant executive director of the California Employment Training Panel by Governor Gavin Newsom on August 12, 2020, where he has served in that position since 2012. He has over 25 years of experience working on labor, workforce and environmental policy at the international, national, state, and local levels.
Cooper advises the Director, the Panel, and Labor Agency on workforce and administrative policy, organizational operations, and the allocation of ETP’s $100 million annual training fund. Cooper oversees external affairs, including labor, economic development, environmental and workforce engagement with state agencies and stakeholders. He coordinates ETP with the Administration’s initiatives and represents the agency with GO-Biz, the Interagency Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship, the California Apprenticeship Council, the CEC Clean Transportation Advisory Committee, the Governor’s Sustainable Freight Action Plan Task Force, the Forest Management Task Force, the California Community College Collaborative and other local, state and national partners.
Cooper was senior workforce program manager and legislative advocate at the California Labor Federation from 2000 to 2012. He was research coordinator at the Service Employees International Union Local 250 from 1997 to 2000 and a corporate researcher at AFL-CIO from 1992 to 1997. Cooper earned a Master of Arts degree in international economic affairs from Sacramento State University, holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from CSU, Chico, and studied at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany.