Helping individuals and enterprises meet their most important communications goals.
Jon Cohen draws on experience in journalism, government and business to help clients solve problems and overcome challenges. He has been an adviser to elected officials at every level, from state legislators to presidents, and to businesses from around the world to here at home.
As the chief operating officer and public affairs practice leader at Behan Communications, Mr. Cohen helped expand the agency’s client portfolio beyond its Glens Falls headquarters, improved its business systems and oversaw the recruitment and hiring of significant new staff, while leading accounts for major clients in energy, healthcare, and higher education.
Previously, he led the Weiser Group, a strategic communications agency for financial services enterprises, technology firms, trade associations, healthcare companies, and non-profit organizations. In 2009, he engineered the sale of Weiser Group to Middleberg Communications.
Before joining Weiser, Mr. Cohen served as vice president for corporate communications and investor relations at Mercator Software, a publicly traded global company. As chief spokesman, he helped lead Mercator’s successful restructuring and turnaround efforts culminating in the company’s sale to Ascential Software and IBM.
Mr. Cohen began his career with the Sheridan Broadcasting Network and The Wall Street Journal Report. He subsequently joined the staff of New York City Mayor Ed Koch, where he managed special projects such as voting regulation reform and drug enforcement policy development, and served on crisis management teams. Following his tenure with Mayor Koch, Mr. Cohen became director of public policy for Joseph E. Seagram and Sons, Inc., where he advised Edgar Bronfman, Sr. and served as Mr. Bronfman’s liaison to governments and political and religious officials.
Mr. Cohen’s journalism experience is extensive. He has served as the publisher of Commentary, the leading monthly of public policy journalism and cultural criticism; as editor and reporter for The Dow Jones Radio Network, The Wall Street Journal Report, The Sheridan Broadcasting Network; and as a regularly featured commentator on Bloomberg News Radio. His book reviews and essays have appeared in Commentary, The Weekly Standard, The New York Sun, The Baltimore Sun, Tablet Magazine, The Forward, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Houston Chronicle.
Mr. Cohen has also played leading roles in creating a number of non-profit public policy initiatives including The Freedom House Municipal Fellows Program (Prague and New York City), United Nations Watch (Geneva) and The Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society (Cambridge, MA). He has taught and lectured at Harvard Law School, Buffalo Law School, Kiev University and SUNY Potsdam. He holds a J.D. from New York Law School and a B.A. with distinction from Kenyon College.