Cooper Announces New Staff Hires

Feb 11, 2021
Press Release

NASHVILLE – Today Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) announced the hiring of Nashvillians Alayna Young and MaKayla McCree in his Washington, D.C. and Nashville offices, respectively, and the promotion of Nashville’s Lindsey Smith.

Young is a native of Nashville, Hillsboro High School Alumna, and recent Spelman College graduate. She serves as Cooper’s Washington, D.C. Scheduler, moving up from her temporary role with the VoteEarlyTN initiative in Cooper’s office last fall. Young participated in Cooper’s internship program in Washington, D.C., during the summer of 2018 and also spent time advocating for mental health awareness when she served as Miss 2020 for Morehouse College.

Young replaces Chelsea Angelo, of Knoxville, who departed to become Development Operations Manager for No Labels, a bipartisan political organization whose mission is to combat partisan dysfunction in politics.

McCree joins the office in Nashville as District Scheduler. She is a recent graduate from Tennessee State University in Nashville and previously served as an intern in Cooper’s office in 2018. Last fall, she served as the Director of Operations for the Cooper for Congress campaign.

McCree replaces Lindsey Smith, who has been promoted to the community engagement and outreach teams. She will also serve as moderator for Cooper’s new series “Let’s Talk: Conversations to Ensure Equitable and Just Policies.” Smith is a University of Kentucky graduate, started her political work with Karl Dean’s gubernatorial campaign in 2016, and ran the successful re-election campaign of At-Large Councilmember Bob Mendes.

“Chelsea will surely be missed and I’m excited for her as she starts this new chapter,” Rep. Jim Cooper said. “Alayna, MaKayla, and Lindsey are trusted members of my team and have deep knowledge of the community. They are passionate about public service and I’m honored to serve with them.”