A native of New York, Mr. Cohen graduated from Swarthmore College in 1977 with a BA and with a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (summa cum laude) in 1981. From January 1992 to April 1997, Mr. Cohen served as Chief of Staff to the Honorable Edward G. Rendell, the Mayor of the City of Philadelphia. As detailed in the book A Prayer for the City, written by Pulitzer-Prize winning author Buzz Bissinger, Mr. Cohen played a critical coordinating role in significant budgetary and financial issues, in economic development activities, in collective bargaining negotiations, and in a wide variety of other policy and operational issues relating to the city.
Mr. Cohen serves as Chairman of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and its Executive Committee.Â Mr. Cohen also serves as a member of the Trustee Board and the Executive Committee of Penn Medicine. In addition, Mr. Cohen serves on both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the CEO Council for Growth.Â Mr. Cohen serves as Vice Chair of City Year and is Chair of its Governance Committee and a member of the Executive Committee.Â He also serves on the national board of the National Urban League and is Chair of its Audit Committee and Chair of the Corporate Advisory Board of the National Council of La Raza.
Mr. Cohen has received numerous awards for his civic and charitable activities, including the Americanism Award of the Anti-Defamation League (1993), the American Red Cross Citizen of the Year Award (1999), the National Cable Television Association, Vanguard Award for Leadership and Impact in the Cable Industry (2005), the Presidentâ€™s Volunteer Service Award (2007), the MS Society Hope Award (2007), the Drexel University Business Leader of the Year Award (2008), the National Urban League of Philadelphia Business Leader of the Year Award (2008), the William Penn Award from the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (2012), the Spirit of Asian American Award (2012), the Jewish National Fund Tree of Life Award (2012), and the Minority Media Telecommunications Council Digital Equality Award (2013).Â Mr. Cohen also was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Drexel University in 1997 and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Rider University in 2010. Mr. Cohen lives in Philadelphia with his wife and their two sons.