Meet Our Team
The Beaufort Digital Corridor is a highly collaborative organization with advisors hailing from the Beaufort tech community and beyond. This allows us to stay lean, relevant and highly responsive to the dynamic needs of our technology entrepreneurs and tech-related businesses. We believe in community-sourced intelligence as the preferred way to operate.
The BDC Foundation Board of Directors sets the priorities for the organization and the Executive Director carries them out. The Leadership team at the Charleston Digital Corridor mentors and assist as needed.
Jess O'Brien is a former digital marketing leader with a proven track record managing agency teams and clients. Her love of working with start-ups sparked during a previous stint working at an agency located within Atlanta Tech Village. Since, she has worked with companies of all sizes from SMBs to national franchises. Jess moved from Atlanta, GA to the Lowcountry in 2014. While her career has spanned across the southeast, she is proud to call Beaufort, SC home. Jess previously served on the BDC Foundation as a volunteer Board Member. She is excited to now be stationed in BASEcamp full-time and to bring her knowledge of scaling start-ups to members, residents and partners.
Cybersecurity Project Manager
My name is Cory Cooper and I am from Franklin, Indiana. I am a graduate of Ball State University with a Bachelor's in Industrial Technology and a Master's in Technology Education. My background shows a complete commitment to a lifelong learning of technology and project management. I have ample experience working with state agencies, K-12, nonprofit organizations, career centers, community colleges and universities on many projects. I also have an extensive background in advanced manufacturing, quality engineering, automation and robotics, material science and information technology. The past 18 years, I've worked with several Fortune 500 companies as well as served as an administrator and taught high school engineering and PLTW STEM courses. After moving to Beaufort County, I taught Middle school and high school CTE courses. I also had the pleasure of mentoring the Middle School VEx Robotics State Champion team for the State of South Carolina from Lady's Island. I'm excited to bring my passion for education, technology, and project management to the Beaufort Digital Corridor.