President & CEO

Matt Cookson

If you’re reading this to learn about Matt, you’re among the minority who don’t already know him. He has helped many local and national organizations and businesses implement communications strategies to become more visible to their customers and clientele (and he has more LinkedIn connections than most people even know).


Prior to launching his company, Matt worked in senior-level positions in higher education at the University of Connecticut, New England College, Antioch University and the University System of New Hampshire (where he was vice chancellor of external relations). He also has special experience in the tech sector; Matt is the executive director of the NH Tech Alliance (formerly the NH High Tech Council), and in government relations – he served as press secretary for a member of Congress and was legislative director at NH’s largest state agency – NH Department of Health and Human Services.

Matt is a founder of Stay Work Play New Hampshire and serves on the following boards:

  • Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
  • Northeast Delta Dental
  • Granite State Management & Resources
  • Association for Corporate Development
  • NH Tech Alliance
  • NH Scholars

Master of Arts degree in political science from the University of Connecticut; Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and english from the University of Connecticut; 2003 associate of Leadership New Hampshire


Encouraging businesses large and small to launch and thrive in New Hampshire: Matt helped found the organization Stay Work Play New Hampshire, mentors entrepreneurs, offers advice to business and policy leaders, and has taught public relations courses as an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Hampshire.

Boating, tennis, skiing, and family: on the ocean or courtside watching his son play tennis, Matt enjoys spending time with loved ones, especially at his rustic camp in mid-coast Maine. It’s his favorite place to work and write (his Manchester office overlooking the iconic Red Arrow Diner with the aroma of bacon and home fries wafting through the window is a close second).

More of the Cookson Team

Matt Cookson illustration

Matt Cookson

President & CEO


Dia Kalakonas

Senior Director of Communications & Client Engagement

Meredith Noyes, Chief Creative Officer at Cookson Communications

Meredith Noyes

Chief Creative Officer

Marian Caisse illustration

Marian Caisse

Marketing Traffic Manager & Graphics

Deb LaPress

Accounting & Finance Director

Hannah Coen-Salamanca

PR Account Executive