Alisa Cooper, Commissioner

Alisa Cooper was appointed by Governor Christie to the New Jersey Casino Control Commission in August 2012 and reappointed in December 2014.

Cooper was born and raised in Atlantic City and is a graduate of Atlantic City High School.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from the University of Maryland.  She enjoyed a long career in the music and entertainment industry and owned "Alisa Cooper Orchestras" for several decades. During her career, she performed at the opening of Resorts International Casino Hotel in 1978 and entertained for numerous celebrities and famous sports figures.  In 2008, Cooper was appointed to the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, giving her an opportunity to promote music and the arts throughout the state.  Cooper’s lifelong passion for music also led to a long career as a music educator.

In 2005, Cooper followed in the footsteps of her late mother, Assemblywoman Dolores Cooper and entered public service.  Cooper won an “at-large” seat on the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders and was re-elected in 2008.  While a Freeholder, she chaired the Education and Schools Committee and was a member of several committees including the Tourism, Gaming and Marketing Committee, Commission on Women and the Local Advisory Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

Donating her “time and talents”, and with her orchestra, she performed for numerous fundraisers and benefits. Throughout her career, Cooper received several awards for her charitable activities including raising thousands of dollars for The Food Bank of South Jersey and the Atlantic County Animal Shelter. In 2014, she was inducted into the Atlantic County Women’s “Hall of Fame” for her many years in government and public service. Commissioner Cooper is a member of numerous civic, charitable, professional, and philanthropic organizations.

Cooper resides in Linwood with her husband Douglas Little and their son, David Cooper Little, a student at Widener University Delaware Law School.