Rebecca Cohen

Senior Strategist

As senior strategist, Rebecca leads strategic communication, government relations and advocacy, policy analysis and strategy development for ACS clients.

Rebecca has a wealth of public policy, communication, strategy development and labor market research experience with a particular emphasis on workforce development, higher education, and early childhood. In 2011, the northeast Ohio small business chamber of commerce, Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE), named ACS a “Ten Under 10” award winner. This COSE award is given annually to 10 small businesses with 10 employees or fewer to honor their ability to innovate, grow and reach ambitious goals. In 2015, ACS received a Platinum Award in the Communication Plan category of the MarCom Awards and was named a Weatherhead 100 Upstart Winner as one of the fastest-growing companies in Northeast Ohio.

Rebecca has more than 10 years of public policy and advocacy experience, serving in leadership, consultant, and staff positions at the Workforce Intelligence Network, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, Anderson Economic Group and the Center for Community Solutions. She draws on her working knowledge of regional and statewide education and workforce policy best practice trends from across the country.

Rebecca helped launch the Workforce Intelligence Network of Southeast Michigan (WIN), a collaborative of nine community colleges and seven workforce boards with a vision of supporting regional prosperity and jobs. At WIN she was responsible for setting a regional research and policy agenda, and leading her team in implementation alongside stakeholders. In this role she supported local workforce boards and community colleges in their efforts to continually improve, collaborate regionally, and become even more employer-driven. Using labor market research to engage employers in healthcare, advanced manufacturing, and information technology, Rebecca guided the creation of several regional sector strategies, which led to enhanced training offerings and a replicable model for career pathway development.

Rebecca served as principal researcher on several reports for states and regions across the country that utilized labor market analysis from multiple data sources to inform policy and investment decisions. Other efforts, based in Michigan and nationwide, include increasing regional entrepreneurship, bringing partners together to create and evaluate employer-driven workforce collaboratives, evaluating the economic impact of higher education, and enhancing performance of the public workforce system.

Rebecca also was a leader in a statewide public policy initiative for early childhood education in Ohio. Her efforts helped ensure that the groundWork™ Ohio Campaign became a trusted resource for the media, state and local leaders and policymakers, with a sustained and still-active network of several thousand advocates across the state. That successful advocacy effort raised nearly $300 million in the state fiscal year 2006-2007 state budget for early care and education in Ohio, and $200 million more in the state fiscal year 2008-2009 budget.

Rebecca earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Case Western Reserve University and completed a Master in Public Policy degree program from the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy. Rebecca and her husband live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.