Ellie M. CohenEllie Cohen has served as President and CEO of Point Blue Conservation Science since 1999.  Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Ms. Cohen received her undergraduate degree with honors in Botany (focus on ecology) from Duke University.  Field studies in butterfly ecology brought her to California in 1979.

She later received her Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, where she was honored with the Policy Analysis Exercise Award for highly distinguished performance and the first annual Robert F. Kennedy Public Service Award.  In 2001, she was awarded a fellowship to Stanford University’s Executive Program for Non-profit Leaders at the Graduate School of Business.  

Ellie co-founded and now chairs the Bay Area Ecosystem Climate Change Consortium, bringing together scientists and natural resource managers to cooperatively conserve nature’s benefits in the face of accelerating extremes, for wildlife and our communities. Ellie is an invited member of the National Wildlife Federation’s Climate-Smart Conservation Team and serves as Vice Chair of the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative.  She is also incoming Chair of the Central Valley Joint Venture and an Executive Committee member of the SF Bay Joint Venture.

Ellie is the recipient of the BayNature 2012 Local Environmental Hero Award for Conservation Advocacy.  As Ellie explained, “This award truly belongs to PRBO’s outstanding staff and Board leaders as well as many of our partners! It is a team effort!”  Read her interview with Bay Nature here.

In 2009 she was named one of the "100 Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet" in the United States as part of National Women’s History Month, recognizing her contributions to catalyzing conservation solutions to the impacts of rapidly accelerating environmental change on nature.

Ellie speaks regularly on climate change, ecosystems and adaptive solutions that benefit wildlife as well as human communities.  

Ellie and her family live in San Anselmo, California.

Featured Work and Resources

"Climate-Smart Estuary: Nature-based solutions to secure our future" (pdf)
A keynote presentation by Ellie Cohen on climate-smart conservation at the 2013 State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference in Oakland, CA.