Leadership

Robert N. Cohen, Founding Partner
rnc@cohenpartners.net
Direct line: 781-290-7331

Robert leads the government relations practice at Cohen Partners and is a principal in the firm's business development practice. Prior to co-founding Cohen Partners, Robert served in the executive branch of Massachusetts state government for more than 20 years, with a portfolio focused on housing, large-scale real estate development, transportation planning and management.

As the Deputy Commissioner of the Massachusetts Highway Department, Robert was involved in strategic planning, budgeting and operations management for an agency with 1,800 employees and an annual budget of over a half a billion dollars. In his capacity as Deputy Commissioner, Robert oversaw the activities of the state's Outdoor Advertising Board, served on the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and was the department's liaison to the Massachusetts Transportation Finance Commission.

During his tenure as Deputy Director for Real Estate at the state's Division of Capital Asset Management, Robert oversaw numerous real estate development, acquisition and disposition projects in which the Commonwealth was a stake-holder. For example, Robert led the successful redevelopment efforts for the former Metropolitan State Hospital in Lexington, Belmont and Waltham, the former Danvers and Foxborough State Hospitals, taking these projects from start to finish, navigating the complex environmental, legislative, land-use and municipal-impact challenges that needed to be resolved to foster success.

Robert holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics and Finance from Bentley University. He continues to serve on the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the Board of Trustees of Brookhaven in Lexington, and the Board of Directors at Temple Emunah in Lexington, among other activities. Robert has served as an elected Town Meeting Member in Lexington since 1989 and is an appointed member of the town's Appropriations Committee. Robert serves as Cubmaster for Pack 160 in Lexington.


Michael I. Cohen, Founding Partner
mic@cohenpartners.net
Direct line: 508-868-4778

Michael leads the strategic communications practice at Cohen Partners and is a principal in the firm's business development practice. Michael has more than 25 years of experience as a journalist, media relations and strategic communications professional.

Prior to co-founding Cohen Partners, Michael established and led Taylor-Harris Communications, serving select public and private sector clients. Michael is a senior advisor on communications and policy for Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. He has advised on strategy and communications for several legislative and municipal candidates and officials, including Worcester Mayors Joseph O'Brien and Joseph Petty.

In addition to political communications, Michael has extensive experience directing message development, positioning and strategic communications programs for corporate and institutional clients including the University of Massachusetts Medical School, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center, UMass Biologics Laboratories, among others.

As a journalist, Michael has worked as a reporter and editor at news organizations across Massachusetts. His by-line has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Boston Business Journal, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Worcester Magazine, Salem News and the Worcester Business Journal, among others.

Michael is a member of the Society of Professional Communicators and has served on that organization's Board of Directors. He is active and has served in leadership roles in a variety of non-profit organizations, including the Board of Trustees at Temple Sinai in Worcester and Boy Scout Troop 180 in Holden.