Bloomfield, New Jersey
Esther Cohen is the Chief Operating Officer for Episcopal Relief & Development, the international humanitarian agency of the Episcopal Church. In this role, she leads the day-to-day operations of the organization and supervises a broad range of departments. Her primary areas of responsibility include the oversight of finance, administration, human resource, IT, marketing and communications and fundraising through direct response marketing.
Previously, she served as the Vice President for Administration and Finance. Since coming to Episcopal Relief & Development, Esther has managed the growth of the annual budget from $9 million to $23 million, and directed organizational expansion to support 50 staff members in the U.S. and overseas.
Her career in financial administration has focused on the not-for-profit sector including arts and education. Initially starting in Off Broadway theatre, she worked for 11 years at New York Theatre Workshop, where she was the General Manager for the original production of Rent.
Esther represents Episcopal Relief & Development on the Heifer International Covenant Agency Committee. In addition, she is the Chair of the Board of Trustees at Park United Methodist Church in Bloomfield, New Jersey.
Esther received a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.F.A. in Arts Administration from Columbia University. She resides in New Jersey with her husband and two adult children.