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Seth Cohen

Seth Cohen

Assistant Managing Editor and Head of Communities & Philanthropic Partnerships, Forbes Media

As Assistant Managing Editor and Head of Communities & Philanthropic Partnerships at Forbes Media, Seth guides the Forbes team in transforming its audiences into global communities and initiatives that advance prosperity, opportunity, and inclusivity. Seth also works across the Forbes editorial and business teams to identify and implement creative ways that Forbes can partner with a diverse range of businesses, philanthropic partners, and NGOs to achieve positive social impact through entrepreneurship and action.

Before joining Forbes, Seth had over 20 years of experience at the intersection of philanthropy, business and impact. Seth is the founder of Applied Optimism, an entrepreneurial global impact consultancy that has worked with some of the world’s leading philanthropies and media brands. Prior to Applied Optimism, Seth spent over seven years as the Senior Director of Schusterman Family Philanthropies, a global foundation focused on empowering young adults and igniting entrepreneurial solutions to complex social challenges. At Schusterman, Seth oversaw a range of philanthropic initiatives in the US, Europe, and Israel, including the development of REALITY, a global travel experience that focused community building and leadership development. Prior to Schusterman, Seth had a 13+ year career as a highly recognized corporate attorney, most recently a partner at the international law firm of Holland & Knight.

Seth lives in Atlanta with his wife Marci, and together they have three children. Seth has been an active member of numerous local and national organizations related to the Jewish community, previously serving as Vice-President and Chair of the Allocations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, a member of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency, and as president of Jewish Family and Career Services of Atlanta. Seth also has a long track-record as an advocate for social and civic justice in areas of voter access and inclusivity both in Georgia and nationally.

Seth can be reached at seth@appliedoptimism.com and on twitter at sethacohen33.