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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Veal Parmesan
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Skiing in Utah
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/19/1946
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Veal Parmesan
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Skiing in Utah
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/19/1946
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Jacques Cook was born on March 19, 1946, in Washington, D.C., His mother was an educator and social worker and his father was a college professor. Cook spent his early childhood in Washington, D.C., growing up just a few blocks from Howard University. In 1958, his life took an exciting turn, when his father received a job offer with a French publishing company and the family moved to Paris, France. His international journey continued when the family moved to Niger, Africa, in 1960. Cook earned his high school diploma from Lycee National High School in Niger in 1963.

Following in his father’s and older brother’s footsteps, he graduated from Amherst College in 1967 with a B.A. degree in economics. In 1969, Cook earned his master’s degree in international studies from Johns Hopkins University. That same year, he joined the Foreign Service and was assigned to work as an economic officer in Mexico.

In 1972, Cook began attending law school at night while continuing his work with the State Department. He earned his law degree from George Washington University in 1976, and began working for Sidley, Austin and Associates. In 1977, Cook began serving as legal counsel for the United States Senate Budget Committee, regulating congressional budgets and spending. In 1979, he took a position as a member of the legal staff at the International Development Bank (IDB), a bank owned by the United States and all the governments of Latin America. Between 1989 and 1994, Cook headed up the IDB’s Jamaica office. Leaving the IDB in 2002, Cook joined the legal team at Allen and Overy, structuring and developing financing for international projects. He represented Engel Power of Italy in the first internationally financed transmission project in Brazil.

Cook is the author of numerous published articles and lives in Maryland with his wife and two children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Jacques Cook interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Jacques Cook's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jacques Cook discusses his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jacques Cook recalls how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jacques Cook talks about his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jacques Cook describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jacques Cook details his family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jacques Cook shares childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jacques Cook remembers his older brother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Jacques Cook reflects on his childhood community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jacques Cook shares memories of growing up in Washington D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jacques Cook recalls his Catholic elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jacques Cook describes his church activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jacques Cook remembers his family's move to Paris, France
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jacques Cook reflects on his childhood awareness of racism
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jacques Cook recounts his family's move to Niger
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jacques Cook relates his high school experiences in France and Niger
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Jacques Cook recalls his college involvement in civil rights activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jacques Cook details his father's, his brother's, and his own experiences at Amherst
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jacques Cook recalls his post-college career path
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jacques Cook shares his law school experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jacques Cook describes his work with a large law firm
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jacques Cook discusses his career as a counsel to the Senate Budget Committee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jacques Cook recounts his job wth the Inter-American Development Bank in the Caribbean and Latin America
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jacques Cook discusses his development projects in the Caribbean and Latin America
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jacques Cook details the state of contemporary international development projects
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jacques Cook shares his experiences in Mexico and on Capitol Hill
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jacques Cook shares his concerns for young people interested in international studies
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jacques Cook reflects on his life and racial issues
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jacques Cook shares his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Jacques Cook reflects on his life and career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Photo - Jacques Cook with his mother, Vashti Smith-Cook, and brother, Mercer Cook, 1946
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Photo - Jacques Cook at his high school graduation, Niamey, Niger, 1963
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Photo - Jacques Cook at his third birthday, Washington, D.C., 1949
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Photo - Jacques Cook's father, Mercer Cook Sr., with Chester Bowles, ca. 1965
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Photo - Jacques Cook's father, Mercer Cook Sr., is sworn in as ambassador to Niger, ca. 1961
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Photo - Jacques Cook with Santa Claus, Washington, D.C., ca. 1949
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Photo - Jacques Cook as a baby, 1946
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Photo - Jacques Cook with his father, Mercer Cook Sr., Washington, D.C., ca. late 1940s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Photo - Jacques Cook, ca. 1949
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Photo - Jacques Cook, Highland Beach, Maryland, ca. 1966
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Photo - Jacques Cook with his older brother, Mercer Cook, Washington, D.C., ca. 1949
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Photo - Jacques Cook with his mother, Vashti Cook, Washington, D.C., ca. 1949
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Photo - Jacques Cook, Highland Beach, Maryland, ca. 1950
  • Tape: 5 Story: 14 - Photo - Jacques Cook's father, Mercer Cook Sr., ca. late 1980s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 15 - Photo - Jacques Cook with his brother, Mercer Cook, ca. 1962
  • Tape: 5 Story: 16 - Photo - Jacques Cook with his mother, Vashti Cook, ca. 1956
  • Tape: 5 Story: 17 - Photo - Jacques Cook with his best friend, Pudgy Johnson, Washington, D.C., ca. 1949
  • Tape: 5 Story: 18 - Photo - Jacques Cook with his mother, Vashti Cook, and father, Mercer Cook Sr., ca. 1947
  • Tape: 5 Story: 19 - Photo - Jacques Cook, ca. 1956
  • Tape: 5 Story: 20 - Photo - Jacques Cook's passport photo, ca. 1969
  • Tape: 5 Story: 21 - Photo - Jacques Cook's grandfather, Will Marion Cook, ca. early 1900s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 22 - Photo - Jacques Cook's father, Mercer Cook Sr., ca. 1944