Ellie M. Cohen
Ellie Cohen, President and CEO of Point Blue Conservation Science since 1999, is a leader in catalyzing collaborative, nature-based solutions to climate change. She and Point Blue’s 140+ scientists work hand-in-hand with public and private resource managers on land and at sea to reduce the impacts of environmental change and promote climate-smart conservation for wildlife and people.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Ellie 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 is Immediate Past Chair and Steering Committee member of the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (californialcc.org), is co-founder of the Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium (baeccc.org), represents Point Blue on the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (arccacalifornia.org), and is Past Chair of the Central Valley Joint Ventures (centralvalleyjointventure.org). She is also an invited member of the National Wildlife Federation’s Climate-Smart Conservation Team (nwf.org). and serves on the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture's Executive Committee (sfbayjv.org).
Ellie was honored with the Bay Nature 2012 Local Environmental Hero Award for her climate change leadership. 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 and her family live in San Anselmo, California with 2 kids, 2 dogs and 2 cats (indoor, of course!). They enjoy birding, hiking, biking, Broadway musicals, Dr. Who and baseball.
Featured Work and Resources
"Nature-Based Solutions for a Healthy Future" (pdf)
From the Natural Climate Solutions Symposium, March 10, 2016.