Ruth Cohen is a non-profit executive with more than 25 years of experience in management, leadership and fundraising for a wide-range of national and international education and cultural institutions. She is currently the Senior Director for Education Strategic Initiatives and the Director for the Center for Lifelong Learning at the American Museum of Natural History, where her portfolio ranges from leading the Museum’s pipeline of out of school education and experiences for children and adults of all ages to internal long-range strategic planning to fulfill the Museum’s mission in education.
Prior to being appointed to this position in 2009, Ruth was the director of the Museum’s education strategic initiatives working on a new design for partnership for the Museum and the New York City Department of Education to improve the teaching and learning of middle school science. Prior to that, Ruth was an independent fundraising, strategic planning and management consultant with clients including the American Museum of Natural History, the 92nd Street Y, The 52nd Street Project, the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Primary Stages and New Visions for Public Schools.
From 1998 to 2004, she served as president of PENCIL-- Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning, and established the city-wide “Principal For A Day” program. Prior to that, Ms. Cohen worked as a consultant to such distinguished arts and education organizations as P.O.V./American Documentary, Jazz @ Lincoln Center, New York Theatre Workshop, and the Williamstown Theater Festival. From 1991-1994, Ms. Cohen was the Vice President for Institutional Development at The Sundance Institute; from 1985-1991, she was director of development at Playwrights Horizons; and prior to that held positions at the New York City Ballet and the National Women’s Political Caucus.
Ruth is a graduate of SUNY-Binghamton, and has amplified her knowledge and experience with graduate coursework at Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration’s Executive Education Program for Social Entrepreneurship.
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