Executive Vice President of Communications
Jeff Cohen helps drive policy change through the use of media relations, digital messaging and national outreach, working with team leaders to share the story of the Arnold Ventures investment firm. That effort utilizes a number of different media platforms, including the website, social media, and news media outreach. He also oversees efforts in building brand consistency.
Jeff spent more than 40 years with Hearst Newspapers where he served as the editor of the nation’s seventh-largest newspaper, the Houston Chronicle. In 2008, he was named the Ben Bradlee Editor of the Year by the National Press Foundation. He also served as a Pulitzer Prize juror on six occasions. His career in journalism began as a reporter in the newsroom of the San Antonio Light, where he went on to become the newspaper’s managing editor. After a stint at the Hearst Corporation’s New York City headquarters, he served as editor of the Times Union in Albany, N.Y., before returning to his hometown of Houston to lead the Chronicle.
Jeff has been a fellow in the Multicultural Management Program at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and at the Newspaper Management Center at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He was a member of the accrediting committee of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, the agency responsible for the evaluation of professional journalism and mass communications programs in colleges and universities.
A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Jeff is a past president and life member of UT’s College of Communication Advisory Council and a recipient of the college’s Robert C. Jeffery Benefactor Award.