Office of Civil Rights
September 15, 2012


Date: 09/04/2012 Description: Hispanic Heritage Month 2012: Michelle Cooper - State Dept Image Michelle Cooper is currently working on the Mexico desk within the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. She joined the desk in March 2012 after working at the Foreign Service Institute, as the special assistant to the Director of the Transition Center, Mr. Ray Leki. Before her desire to dedicate her career to public service, she worked as a senior implementation specialist for Automatic Data Processing (ADP, Inc) in the Southeast Major Accounts region (2005-2009).

Ms. Cooper moved to Miami, Florida from her native country of Ecuador when she was only 13 years old. Not speaking the language or knowing anything about American culture, she swiftly adapted and fell in love with everything America has to offer. She quickly learned that nothing is more valuable than freedom and equal opportunity. Although she is extremely proud of her Hispanic heritage, she is truly American at heart.

In May 2006, she received her BA in psychology from Florida International University and in January 2011 she received her MS in conflict analysis and resolution from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.