Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs
Jennifer Cohen is the Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs for the Port of Los Angeles. Before her appointment to the Port in February 2019, Cohen most recently served as the Director of Government Affairs for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT).
In her role at the Port, Cohen directs the legislative team and helps to establish the Port’s policy priorities at the local, state, federal and international levels. As part of the Port’s leadership team, she directs advocacy and strategic engagement with legislative and regulatory bodies at all levels of governance. She also serves as a key point of contact with the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and the Los Angeles City Council. Additionally, her role requires close coordination with divisions across the Los Angeles Harbor Department, other City of Los Angeles departments and industry stakeholders.
As the Director of Government Affairs at LADOT, Cohen served as primary liaison to the Los Angeles City Council and other government entities. She led the department’s strategy and analysis on all local, state and federal legislative issues.
In 2018, Cohen was awarded a prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship to conduct international research on the role of government in the socialization and regulation of transportation technology.
Prior to joining LADOT, Cohen oversaw state and federal government and regulatory affairs at the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink), served as a legislative deputy for the Los Angeles City Council, and worked in the private sector as a consultant.
Cohen represents the Port of Los Angeles as chair of the Legislative and Policy Committees for the California Association of Port Authorities and port advocacy group, FuturePorts.
Cohen earned a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Southern California, and bachelor’s degree in history and sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles.