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 and environmental degradation. She and Point Blue’s 160+ scientists work hand-in-hand with public and private natural resource managers to reduce impacts of changes in climate, land use and the ocean, while testing climate-smart solutions for wildlife and people.
Born in Baltimore, Ellie received her undergraduate degree with honors in Botany from Duke University. Field studies in butterfly ecology brought her to California in 1979. She later received her Master in Public Policy 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 Graduate School of Business' Executive Program for Non-profit Leaders.
Ellie is the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Observer Organization representative for Point Blue. She is Immediate Past Chair and a Steering Committee member of the CA Landscape Conservation Cooperative, invited member of the SF Bay Area's Resilient by Design Research Advisory Committee, and co-founder of the Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium. She serves on the advisory board of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network and on the board of the TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation. In the past, she served as Chair of both the Central Valley and SF Bay Joint Ventures.
Honored to be an invited member of the National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) Climate-Smart Conservation team, Ellie co-authored the climate-smart principles and the communications chapter in the national “Guide to Climate-Smart Conservation, Putting Adaptation Principles into Practice” (2014).
Ellie was honored with the Bay Nature 2012 Environmental Hero Award for her climate change leadership. In 2009, she was named one of "100 Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet" in the US (National Women's History Project).
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 Wildlife and People: Securing our Future" (pdf)
From CA Coastal Commission Brown Bag Lunch, September 28, 2016.