In 2005, Cooper followed in the footsteps of her late mother – Assemblywoman Dolores Cooper – and entered public service, winning an “at-large” seat on the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders. She was re-elected in 2008. While a Freeholder, she chaired the Education and Schools Committee and served as 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.
Commissioner Cooper is a member of the Board of Directors of Robin’s Nest and numerous civic, professional and philanthropic organizations. Throughout her career, she has been the recipient of several awards for her charitable activities donating her time, energy and talents to many causes and organizations. Cooper was the recipient of the 2009 “Humanitarian of the Year” award by the Columbus Day Committee of Atlantic County and, in 2010, was honored by the Atlantic County Composite Squadron in recognition for outstanding assistance to the Civil Air Patrol. Her commitment to Atlantic County is well-known as she has sponsored fundraisers raising thousands of dollars for The Food Bank of South Jersey and the Atlantic County Animal Shelter. Cooper is an advocate for animal-rights causes and, as an Atlantic County Freeholder, backed several initiatives that helped the Atlantic County Animal Shelter.
Cooper lives in Linwood with her husband Doug Little and their son, David Cooper Little.