Alisa Cooper, Vice Chair
Alisa Cooper joined the New Jersey Casino Control Commission in August 2012 following her appointment by Governor Chris Christie. In December 2014, she was reappointed to a full, five-year term.
Born and raised in Atlantic City and an alumna of Atlantic City High School, Cooper earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education at the University of Maryland. Upon graduation, she returned to Atlantic City where she went on to a long, successful and exciting career in the music and entertainment industry and owned and operated "Alisa Cooper Orchestras" for several decades. During her career, she played piano at the world-famous “500 Club” and opened at the Resorts International Casino Hotel in May 1978 in The Rendezvous Lounge. She entertained at parties for Jerry Seinfeld, Tony Bennett, Dom DeLuise, Neil Sedaka, Wayne Newton, Smokey Robinson... (just to name a few)…as well as countless sports celebrities! With her orchestra, she also donated her “time and talents” to entertain at numerous fundraisers that benefitted a wide variety of charitable organizations and events in the Atlantic City and South Jersey area. In 2008, Cooper was named a member of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, giving her an opportunity to promote music and the arts throughout the state. Her lifelong passion for music also led to a long career as a music educator.
In 2005, she followed in the political footsteps of her late mother, Assemblywoman Dolores G. Cooper, when Cooper was elected to the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders. She was re-elected in 2008 and as an elected official, Cooper served on various committees that positively impacted the lives of Atlantic County residents.
Commissioner Cooper is a strong supporter of Atlantic City and is keenly aware of its importance to South Jersey and the overall economy of the entire state. She started at the Commission at a challenging time for gaming in Atlantic City, as a weak economy and increased competition from neighboring states had a serious impact on the industry. With her extensive background and knowledge of the area, Cooper has been involved in decisions allowing the industry to adapt to a changing market, re-invent itself and attract visitors to the area. As a result, the gaming industry is now turning around, gaming revenues are up and profits are stronger. Additionally, there are several major investments in educational, commercial, residential and recreational projects in Atlantic City that are making it a more attractive place to visit, to work and to live.
Commissioner Cooper is an active member of numerous charitable and philanthropic organizations in the area and during her distinctive career, as a professional musician, businesswoman, public official and educator, she has received many awards for her humanitarian activities. In 2014, Cooper was honored by being inducted into the “Atlantic County Women's Hall of Fame” for her years of contributions in the areas of public service and government.
Her personal commitment to Atlantic County is well-known. Currently, she sits on the Board of the Community Foundation of South Jersey and is actively involved with many civic and local organizations. As a result of her endeavors, she has helped to raise thousands of dollars for The Community Food Bank of South Jersey and the Atlantic County Animal Shelter.
Cooper resides in Linwood with her husband Doug Little and their son, David Cooper Little, a student at Delaware Law School-Widener University.