Tracy Cooley, Executive Director
Tracy Cooley has more than 20 years of experience working on behalf of patients by leading numerous national campaigns focused on raising awareness for key policy issues, expediting the development of cures and treatments, and promoting education resources and support to improve health outcomes.
Prior to CPPI, Cooley served as Communications Director for the Lupus Foundation of America where she developed and executed integrated communications campaigns, fostered constituent engagement, and enhanced the Foundation’s reputation as the authoritative source for lupus information.
Previously, Cooley served as Senior Director for Health Policy Communications for the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), the world’s largest biotechnology trade association. While at BIO, Cooley led efforts on numerous communication and outreach campaigns focused on health advocacy, business development, and emerging company policy issues to increase awareness key issues affecting the biotechnology industry.
Throughout her career, Cooley has fought for patients. Her interest in healthcare began when she served as an in-home caregiver for patients suffering from debilitating and life-threatening conditions who often struggled to afford their prescription medications. As Executive Director of CPPI, Cooley brings this passion and commitment to raising awareness and educating key audiences on the importance of providing access to safe and affordable daily prescription medications for patients.
Cooley has a Master’s Degree in Public Communication from American University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Journalism from the University of New Mexico. Cooley lives in Arlington, Virginia with her daughter, Josephine.
Dan Wise, Member – Board of Directors
He began his career in 1978, quickly transitioning from underwriting to an independent agent. Over the next 27 years, he worked in a variety of roles eventually rising up the ranks to become part owner of an agency with several locations and over 100 employees. He also served as President of the local chapter of The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (Big “I”). He retired in 2010, but his colleagues and clients often call on him for his insight and advice.
Dan enjoys working and interacting with individuals from different professional backgrounds, which his work enabled him to do given the variety of clients and issues he dealt with over his career.
He and his wife enjoy travel and “history buffs” – hobbies they are now able to engage in more fully since they retired.
Eileen Winkelman, Member – Board of Directors
Eileen Winkelman brings to the board several years in the U.S. Congress, working on the staff of former U.S. Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM) as well as time in The White House Counsel’s office during the Reagan Administration.
For over 14 years, Eileen was the Director, Federal Government Relations for the American Chemistry Council (ACC), one of the largest trade associations in Washington, DC. Eileen led internal and external teams to advocate chemical and broad manufacturing interests in areas such as regulatory reform, environment, and homeland security at the federal level. Eileen also has represented cities and non-profit organizations before the federal government.
After a few years living abroad, Eileen moved back to the U.S., where she currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio with her husband, Tim.