The Mortgage Bankers Association promoted William Kooper to vice president of state government affairs and industry relations. 

In Kooper’s new role, he will be responsible for overseeing and coordinating all aspects of MBA’s state government affairs program and will serve as the principal staff representative to the State Relations Initiative, MBA’s program of alignment in advocacy, communications and business development with the more than 40 mortgage banking trade associations around the country.

“William has played a critical role rebuilding and transforming MBA’s state relations function into a robust organization that not just coordinates and lobbies on state and local legislative and regulatory issues, but identifies and fosters business partnerships that strengthen companies, state organizations, the MBA and the industry as a whole,” said David Stevens, president and CEO of the MBA. “William has worked hard to develop relationships across the country that will allow him to further strengthen and grow MBA’s relationships with state and local organizations.”

In 2001, Kooper began his 15-year career with the MBA as director of government affairs, and had a variety of roles assisting MBA members. Before his new role, he was associate vice president of legislative and political affairs where he directed MBA's nationwide grassroots advocacy program, the Mortgage Action Alliance, Inc. and the planning and execution of MBA's National Advocacy Conference. He also served as staff for MBA's political action committee, MORPAC.

Prior to joining the MBA, Kooper was appointed by former President Bill Clinton as special assistant and briefing coordinator to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development former Secretary Andrew Cuomo.

At HUD, Kooper prepared the secretary's daily event briefings, wrote the secretary's weekly report to the president and also made contributions to presidential and vice presidential briefing documents.