Jonathan Cohen received a bachelor’s degree in Religion from Colgate University, a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California, and a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management from the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles.
He spent 24 years in camping and youth work, including three-and-a-half years as Director of the North American Federation of Temple Youth, and fourteen-and-a-half years as Director of the Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Utica, Mississippi. After moving to Worcester five years ago, he spent a year as a project director at Brandeis University before joining the staff of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. Jonathan’s work revolves around the Foundation’s community impact priorities, with special emphasis on arts & creativity (the Creative Worcester Initiative), and healthcare. He manages multiple grant cycles, represents the Foundation at numerous meetings and gatherings, and more.
Jonathan grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi, and still can’t believe he now lives in New England. He is married to Valerie Cohen, who serves as Senior Rabbi at Temple Emanuel Sinai in Worcester. They have two children, two dogs, two cats, and three snow shovels.