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Erin Cohan is the chief of staff and vice president at American Progress. She founded and also helps to lead American Progress’ Puerto Rico Relief and Economic Policy Initiative.

From 2015 through 2017, Cohan was director of State and Local Government Affairs at American Progress, where she led the organization’s relationships with state and local governments and outside organizations.

Prior to joining American Progress, Cohan served as director of intergovernmental affairs for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration, where she was responsible for the formulation and implementation of Gov. Alejandro García Padilla’s federal affairs agenda.

From 2007 to 2013, Cohan worked on behalf of the United States’ 55 governors as a federal relations professional at the National Governors Association, where she advocated for defense and National Guard issues, homeland security, international trade and development, and international affairs. During her tenure there, she organized and led two gubernatorial trade missions to China and oversaw implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in coordination with state “recovery czars.”

Cohan also was chief of staff to a legislator in Suffolk County, New York, and has served in myriad roles on political campaigns at the state, local and presidential levels.

A native of Long Island, New York, and an avid New York Giants fan, Cohan received a master of arts in political management from The George Washington University and a bachelor of arts in public policy and administration from Wagner College in Staten Island, New York.


By Erin Cohan
The Trump Administration’s Top 20 Actions That Have Kept Puerto Ricans in CrisisCenter for American Progress ActionJune 15, 2020