Cooper was born in Seattle, Washington where he learned how to sail when he was 8 years old. He went on to become a sailing instructor at the Seattle Yacht Club where he taught small boat sailing and skills. Cooper was a student on a Sea|mester trip in 2014 on which he earned his Yachtmaster 200ton license. He has worked on private boats since then and also aboard a Sea|mester trans-atlantic voyage in the summer of 2016. He is excited to carry on with the GXG community and continue teaching others about his passion, sailing.