Ed Cohen received his BA from Amherst College in 1964 and his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1967.
Ed was an associate at Davis Polk in New York for two years and became General Counsel at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette at the age of 26.
Ed served as President and CEO of the New York State Urban Development Corporation from 1975-1977. He became a partner in McKinsey & Company in 1977, and in 1980 he was recruited to start the organization which became General Atlantic Partners. He was Managing Partner from 1980-1992 and Chairman from 1992-1995.
Ed is a founder of the Echoing Green Foundation, New Leaders for New Schools, and the Four Times Foundation. He initiated and funded Dartmouth Medical School’s efforts to promote the effective functioning of the medical school in Pristina, Kosova. He served as President and Chairman of the Manhattan Theatre Club, Co-Chairman of The McDowell Colony and Chairman of City Year. He currently serves on the Board of New Profit in Boston.
Ed is President of Carlin Ventures, Inc. in New York City.
Ed is a long time lover and collector of art. He has served on the International Council of the Tate and has been a significant supporter of the Serpentine Gallery in London. He has been painting since 1990 and has had several shows of his work during the past seven years.
Ed has two sons, Dillon, who graduated from Stanford in 1992, and Lucian who graduated from Brown University in 2009.