Ann cohen

Senior Governance Consultant, BoardSource

Ann Cohen is an executive business consultant who founded Ann Cohen & Associates in 1999, combining her business and nonprofit experience to enable organizations to identify and achieve their strategic goals. Her consulting spans board development, management effectiveness, strategic planning, and comprehensive program design. She believes in ‘making it work’ and thus delivers the leadership training, coaching, conflict resolution, and learning required to lead, implement action, and continue the learning. Ann is also a BoardSource senior governance consultant and a frequent contributor to BoardSource publications and knowledge forums.

Ann’s clients include private foundations, public charity boards, corporations, and government entities. Among the national, regional, and international organizations she has worked with are the Anti-Defamation League, Alliance to Make US Healthiest, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Russell Berrie Foundation, Hebrew Free Loan Society, Intellectual Property Owners Association, NYU Leadership Initiative, Hillel International, DOROT Inc., Goodwill of the Greater East Bay, Butler Family Foundation, Jewish Agency for Israel, The Washington Center, as well as the United States Department of Justice, the Department of Agriculture Hass Avocado and Cotton Boards, and corporations such as BP, Thrivent Financial, Chevron, Medtronic, Cardinal IP, Crossroads Systems, and SRA.

Ann’s early career, which provides the roots of her consulting practice, includes more than 25 years as a vice president at Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. At EDS, she established several business units, developing and growing them to over $3.5 billion in revenue. As an attorney, she handled federal cases across the country and in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ann lives what she does and has served on many nonprofit boards in the areas of social justice, education, religion, and community building. Among the honors for which she is most proud are her service as a founding board member of the re-established United Way of the National Capitol Area; her selection as a “Federal 100” winner, an award naming the top information technology executives from government and industry; her appointment to the United States-Israel Science and Technology Commission; and her service on the board of HIAS, a global organization that protects and resettles refugees.

Ann is based in Washington, DC. She graduated cum laude from Clark University with a bachelor of arts degree and earned her juris doctor degree from Antioch School of Law.