Alisa Cooper joined the Casino Control Commission in August 2012 following her appointment by Governor Chris Christie to complete a term that ends in 2014. A musician and educator, she previously served two terms on the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Cooper was born and raised in Atlantic City and graduated from Atlantic City High School. She also attended the University of Maryland, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. She went on to a career in the music and entertainment industry and in music education. She owned "Alisa Cooper Orchestras", which was a local music and entertainment agency, for several decades. With her trio and orchestra, she has performed, in a volunteer capacity, for numerous organizations and charities, including the American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, American Heart Association, South Jersey AIDS Alliance, Gilda's Club and the Food Bank of South Jersey, as well as area hospitals, veterans groups and nursing homes. In 2008, Cooper was named a member of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, giving her an opportunity to promote music and all the arts throughout the state. Cooper’s lifelong passion for music and the arts led to a long career teaching music education, most recently, in the Egg Harbor Township School District.
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 the Tourism, Gaming and Marketing Committee, Public Health and Environment Committee, Library Committee, Commission on Women, and the Local Advisory Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse.
Cooper is a member of the Board of Directors of Robin’s Nest, a non-profit organization promoting the safety, education, and other in-home services for children. She is an advocate for animal-rights causes and has backed several initiatives that have helped the Atlantic County Animal Shelter. Throughout her career as an entertainer and educator, she has been the recipient of numerous awards for her charitable activities donating her time, energy, and talents for many causes and organizations throughout Atlantic County. 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 Civic Air Patrol. Her dedication and 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 lives in Linwood with her husband Doug Little and their son David.