Denise Dixon-Cooper


Denise Cooper, a Miami native, was born into a family of business owners. The restaurant where she held her first job was Sonny’s of Hallandale Beach, FL – a business her grandmother opened in 1965. Rich in history and rooted in the community, Denise learned many of her social and business skills during her time at the restaurant and believes it helped shape her work ethic. 


In 2016 Denise  launched Noir Elite, a  full-service marketing company specializing in creating innovative strategies and Website Design for businesses and nonprofit organizations. Her clients include The Brookings Institute where she fostered the growth and implementation of Brookings Institution’s Race,Prosperity and Inclusion Initiative’s Mobility Enhancing Social Network Study.  The Director of Social Media for The Trayvon Martin Foundation


Denise now lives in Maryland where she expanded her role as Brand Development to Creative Director of  Promotional Videos for The  University of Maryland’s Anti-Black Racism Initiative and The  new Graduate Program in Public Safety Leadership Administration in the Departments of Sociology and Criminology and Criminal Justice in conjunction with the law school in Baltimore.   



Trayvon Martin Foundation

Brookings Institute

University of Maryland at College Park

Institute in Critical Quantitative, Computational, & Mixed Methodologies

Exploration in Diversifying Engineering Faculty Initiative

Dr. Rashawn Ray Professor of Sociology at University of Maryland at College Park