Marc Cohen became Chief of Staff at the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce in December 2018. In this role he directly oversees government relations, legislative affairs, and advocacy, and is the primary policy advisor to the Rochester Chamber’s CEO, Robert J. Duffy. He is charged with identifying process improvement opportunities, best practices, and cost-saving measures, working with partners to promote and enhance regional workforce/economic development efforts.
Prior to joining the Rochester Chamber, Marc served as a Trustee for the State University of New York and as President of the SUNY Student Assembly, elected to represent the 1.4 million students across SUNY’s 64 campuses. He graduated summa cum laude from the University at Albany before completing his Master of Public Administration from UAlbany’s Rockefeller College, where he co-authored the book Diversity at College: Real Stories of Students Conquering Bias and Making Higher Education More Inclusive, named as a finalist for the 2020 Foreword INDIEs award and chosen as a silver winner of the 2021 Distinguished Favorites of the Independent Press Awards.
Marc serves on a variety of boards, including Temple B’rith Kodesh, Cancer Support Community (Gilda’s Club) of Rochester, the United Way of Rochester/Finger Lakes Emerging Leaders Society, and the ROC City Coalition. He volunteers as an EMT with Brighton Ambulance and is a 2021 Rochester Business Journal 40 under 40 recipient.