Daniel Cohn serves as Vice President of Strategy with the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation, where he leads grantmaking in community health and public policy. In this role, Dan oversees the Foundation’s local and state policy agenda, with a particular focus on maternal and infant health, early childhood development, and access to high-quality health care. In 2019, Dan helped launch the Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition, which now boasts more than 500 active participants across 120+ organizations. The Coalition has successfully advocated for more than 30 state and local policies to improve housing conditions, including comprehensive legislation requiring all rental housing be proactively inspected and made lead safe throughout the City of Cleveland. He’s now part of a core team raising $100 million to create new grant and loan products to assist low-income landlords with making necessary home repairs to keep children safe.
Dan also helped lead the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, co-leads a local working group focused on fair and equitable access to coronavirus vaccination; and manages a coalition of regional funders all focused on policy and advocacy to promote equitable recovery from the pandemic.
Prior to joining the team in August 2015, Dan served as Assistant Director of Cornell University’s Center for Engaged Learning + Research, evaluating and managing programs that engaged faculty and students in translating their academic interests toward meeting community needs. He was a Fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center in the early 2010s, during which time he helped launch a national “food as medicine” advocacy initiative. He was later stationed at the USDA Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships working on First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign and on economic development outreach in the rural South.
Daniel’s academic background is in public health and economic development, and he is a proud “boomerang” Clevelander.