The magazine Campaigns & Elections named its 2011 Rising Stars — a “select group of operatives age 35 and under who have an established track record of achievement in political consulting or advocacy and the promise to achieve greatness.”

Among the 15 Republicans, 15 Democrats and 10 nonpartisan or international operatives, the Heritage Foundation’s director of communications, Rory Cooper, is the only think tanker.

Rory Cooper, 34, is director of communications at the Heritage Foundation, where he has played a key role in expanding and sharpening the think tank’s use of social media and helped shape debates over policy ranging from healthcare reform to the economy.

The 2011 Rising Stars will be honored at a June 17 event related to Campaign & Election’s annual seminar, “the Art of Political Campaigning.”

Since its inception in 1988, honorees have included David Axelrod, Donna Brazile, James Carville, Alex Castellanos and George Stephanopoulos.