Aug 28, 2019

Ryan Cohen

  • Chief of Staff, Deputy Director, Program Director, Policy Director
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
Senior Management - Director Education (Higher) Education (K-12) Economic / Development Government Social Justice

Personal Summary

I am a lawyer who is seeking a challenging senior leadership position where my penchant for creative problem solving and focus on outcomes and impact would be welcomed. I have a decade of experience in public sector management, policy analysis, communications, and strategic partnerships, along with a passion for advancing social and economic justice.

I have worked in a variety of roles in nonprofit organizations and in local and federal government, from advancing educational opportunity as a Policy Analyst in Mayor Villaraigosa’s Office of Education, to supporting President Obama’s efforts to champion and support urban economic development at the White House Office of Urban Affairs, Justice, and Opportunity, to developing legal and community engagement strategies to advance economic opportunity at Public Counsel and the ACLU of Michigan, to developing and managing a project about how to address socioeconomic immobility in Mexico as a Fulbright scholar.

I have overseen the successful execution of many complex projects, including:

  • leading a staff of 130 to publish two timely issues of a nationally circulated law and policy journal, which has received mention in The Guardian and Rolling Stone;
  • managing Mayor Villaraigosa’s education-related community engagement and policy advocacy, including his involvement in a convening of the mayors and superintendents of the three largest U.S. school districts and the Secretary of Education that achieved the goal of convincing the Secretary to open Race to the Top to districts (it had previously only been available to states);
  • overseeing a consulting project for the City of Boston about how they could that involved 21 interviews and culminated in a presentation to over a dozen senior officials; and
  • chairing the Program Committee of a national nonprofit organization with a $6.5 million operating budget, advising the Board and CEO as the organization undergoes significant program expansion.