Born and raised in Maine, Adam Cohen graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 with a major in Urban Studies. Throughout his time as an undergraduate, he worked extensively in West Philadelphia’s public high schools helping to provide college and financial aid counseling services to aspiring first generation students. His research focused on the effectiveness of different Housing First models in improving the wellbeing of people experiencing chronic homelessness, the impacts of local procurement efforts by large anchor institutions, and the role of universities in revitalizing historically disadvantaged neighborhoods. During his senior year, he served as the chair for his university’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships Student Advisory Board. Adam recently finished an internship with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and is now completing a fellowship with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 2015, Adam was selected as a Harry S Truman Scholar.
Updated May 2017