Roxanne Cohen is a values-driven professional with passion for strengthening Jewish communities through philanthropy. As Chief Development Officer, she is responsible for spearheading strategies to deepen PJCC’s culture of philanthropy and lead the expansion of development activities in partnership with a growing staff team, the Development Committee, and Board of Directors.
Her career over 25 years has included consulting to non-profit organizations, philanthropic advising, and leadership roles at the Bay Area’s Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. Roxanne is committed to developing deep and trusted relationships with donors and community partners, positively engaging volunteer leaders, and contributing to a strong workplace culture guided by principles of inclusion and belonging.
Most recently, as Managing Director of Community Impact for the Jewish Community Federation, Roxanne led the Federation’s COVID-19 emergency response, with over $20 million raised and granted to support community stability in the Bay Area and Israel. She also co-managed the Impact and Grantmaking team with direct oversight for grants and programs focused on communal resilience and security, health and human services, leadership development, and global Jewish responsibility.
Roxanne and her family are active members of the North Peninsula Jewish community, with two high school and college-aged children who grew up in PJCC preschool, camp, and other programs. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan, MA in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary, MSW from Columbia University, and has a Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. She is also a proud alumni Fellow of the Mandel Executive Leadership Program.