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Florence H. Cohen

Board of Governors Vice Chair since 2022, Member since 2014

Florence “Flo” Cohen’s taught 8th grade English and social studies in Redmond, Oregon before embarking on a career in public relations and marketing communications.  In the not-for-profit sector, she worked for The University of Chicago Press, The University of Chicago Magazine, and the Associated Colleges of the Midwest.

After business school, she moved to New York with husband, Neal, and worked for Burson-Marsteller public relations and Miles Inc. Pharmaceutical Division in West Haven, Connecticut.  A move to Minnesota in 1991 led to directing public affairs for Sandoz Nutrition and heading the financial and professional services group at Weber Shandwick public relations in Minneapolis.

Flo has served as president of the Textile Council of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and on boards including Chrysalis and Tubman in Minneapolis and the National Railroad Hall of Fame in Galesburg, Illinois.

Flo obtained a B.A. in psychology and religion from Saint Olaf College (1973), an M.A.T. in English from The University of Chicago (1974) and a Master of Management (M.M.) degree in marketing from The Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University (1986).

Honors and awards include membership in Phi Beta Kappa and Psi Chi, and a Silver Anvil from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) for Crisis Communications.