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 new position, Cohen will direct the Port’s legislative team and help establish the Port’s policy priorities at the local, state, federal and international levels. As part of the Port’s leadership team, she will also serve as a key point of contact with the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, the Los Angeles City Council and other governmental and regulatory agencies.
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 also awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship to research 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 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.