Trooper Sanders has worked across business, government, and philanthropy to advance solutions to critical social challenges in the United States and internationally. He currently runs a policy and partnerships advisory practice, Wise Whisper, that works with companies, non-profit organizations, and philanthropists. He is also a Rockefeller fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation focusing on artificial intelligence and equal opportunity, and the Internet of Things and middle class technology career paths.
Trooper served as a White House policy advisor during two administrations and worked on issues ranging from supporting military families, including setting up the public engagement campaign, Joining Forces, and shepherding a presidential study directive mobilizing non-defense federal agencies; to improving mental health, including mounting the first White House Conference on Mental Health that was a catalyst for policy and private sector action tackling stigma; and improving support for people with mental illness. Outside of government, he has helped build or lead initiatives addressing the childhood obesity epidemic and domestic economic security as a senior advisor at the William J. Clinton Foundation. In addition, he has led initiatives providing economic support to victims of disaster; making the workplace more supportive of time-crunched workers exercising their right to vote; and served as a policy and program officer for a campaign elevating the private sector’s role in international development. He has participated in a number of efforts strengthening the transatlantic relationship between the United States and Europe, including living in Germany as a Robert Bosch Foundation fellow.
From Detroit, Michigan, Trooper has a bachelor’s in International Political Economy from the University of Michigan, a master’s in Regulation (Financial and Commercial) from the London School of Economics where he wrote on intellectual property regulation and foreign direct investment, and an LLM (Computer and Communications Law) from the University of London. He is pursuing a doctorate in intelligence studies at the University of Leicester. He serves on the board of directors of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Girl Scouts of the USA, and is on the advisory board of Purdue University’s Military Family Research Institute. He chairs the board of the Emerging Markets Development Corporation, a non-profit connecting the financial services and retail sectors to opportunities in underserved communities.