Gary Cohn

  • Spring 2019

Gary D. Cohn is an American business leader, philanthropist and the former Director of the U.S. National Economic Council.

Cohn served as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council from January 2017 until April 2018. As President Donald Trump’s chief economic advisor, Cohn managed the coordination of the president’s domestic and global economic policy agenda and led the Administration-wide effort to successfully pass the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

Cohn began a distinguished career in finance at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. in 1990. He held a variety of leadership positions in the firm’s Securities Division in both New York and London, including Global Co-Head of the Equities and Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Divisions. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2006-2016 and was a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and Chairman of the Firmwide Client and Business Standards Committee.

Additionally, Cohn served as a Director of the London Metals Exchange, as a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Mercantile Exchange and as a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Commodity Exchange.

Cohn lives in New York with his wife and three daughters, where he is an active philanthropist and an advisor to technology companies and entrepreneurs who rely on his vast knowledge of Wall Street and Washington to better understand the financial and economic environment. He received his undergraduate degree from American University in 1982.