Nathan Cook currently serves as the director of government relations for Rice University in Houston where he works alongside Rice’s academic and administrative divisions to identify and prioritize legislative goals at the local, state and federal levels while raising the university’s profile by linking Rice faculty experts with policymakers at the state and federal levels. Previously, Nathan served as the senior manager of government and community relations for McKesson Specialty Health—The US Oncology Network. Before joining The US Oncology Network, Nathan served as district director for Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX), where he oversaw district operations and outreach strategies. Prior to that, he was the deputy regional director for US Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) in the Southeast Texas region for four years.
Nathan served eight years in the US Army (Reserve), from 1997-2005 and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant while serving a one year deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, stationed at Camp Anaconda in Balad, Iraq (‘04-‘05).
In addition to being a co-founder and former chairman of the Board of Directors of LSVA, Nathan has served in a variety of community leadership roles over the years. He was a founding member and vice president of the Voter Awareness Council, a 501(c)3 dedicated to encouraging and equipping citizens in the Montgomery County (Texas) area to vote. He also held a Board of Directors position with The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership, and still serves as a member of Sen. Ted Cruz’s Service Academy Nominations Board. He has also served on the 2015 & 2016 Executive Leadership Committees for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Montgomery County Light the Night Walk.
He was honored to be selected as a 2012 Marshall Memorial Fellow by the German Marshall Fund. Nathan earned a B.S. in political science from Texas A&M University.