Marilyn F. Kohn, vice chancellor and chief development officer of The Jewish Theological Seminary, has been a development professional for 30 years. Most recently, she served as director of Principal Gifts at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, a nonprofit with more than 10,000 employees, where she achieved great success in raising leadership gifts for the organization's $2 billion campaign and developing strong relationships with donors, physicians, and scientists across the institution.
Previously, Ms. Kohn spent 17 years at Columbia Business School, where she was associate dean of External Relations and Development, helping to build the development team and to raise more than $400 million. She also served as associate dean for the Executive MBA Program, coordinating faculty instruction, staffing curriculum redesign and internationalization, and increasing enrollment by 50 percent.
Prior to Columbia Business School, Ms. Kohn was vice president of Caesar & Washburn Incorporated, and consulted with a variety of nonprofit organizations in all aspects of fund-raising and financial/organizational planning and development. This included annual and capital campaigns for clients such as CancerCare, Facing History and Ourselves, Jewish Home and Hospital, Ms. Foundation, and Victim Services. She was also a consultant to the Population Council and the New York City Board of Education, and an adjunct lecturer of English Literature at Pace University, Marymount College, and the University of Indiana Northwest.
Ms. Kohn attended Barnard College and earned an AB, magna cum laude with honors, in English; she received an MA from the University of Chicago. Ms. Kohn has been a part of the Morningside Heights community for years, attending classes at Barnard, working at Columbia, and joining The Jewish Theological Seminary for High Holiday services as a student at Barnard.