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Jeff Cohen

Managing Director

Jeff Cohen has more than ten years of experience advising private and community foundations, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and corporations on strategy, program design, and evaluation. Jeff has led a variety of engagements encompassing strategic planning, education program strategy, evaluation, business planning, and program development. He spends much of his time working on U.S. education issues and has recently co-authored two FSG white papers on financial aid and its role in helping students complete their post-secondary education. Jeff has also worked extensively with place-based funders.

Before FSG

Prior to joining FSG, Jeff was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he served companies in the telecommunications industry as well as education organizations. Jeff’s prior nonprofit experience includes work in MIT’s development office. He has also been extensively involved with education-related nonprofit organizations as a volunteer.


  • Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, MBA, F.C. Austin Scholar
  • Yale University, MA in Classics
  • Harvard College, BA, magna cum laude in Classics


  • Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas, Board Member


  • German
  • French
  • Latin
  • Greek

On working at FSG

“Developing solutions to the challenges facing the world right now requires both passion and objectivity. FSG exemplifies both those qualities in our dedication to getting things right in order to make things right. We dig into the data and the issues until we find a way forward that’s both ambitious and practical. My favorite FSG moments are all moments of insight, when, after weeks of interviews and data collection and analysis, somebody asks just the right question or makes just the right observation, and, all of a sudden, the shape of the story emerges from the welter of disjointed details.”