Nicole Cohen

Manager, Global Programs

Nicole Cohen is a Manager for Global Programs at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. In this role, she is responsible for the implementation of the Agency’s Global Procurement Initiative: Understanding Best Value (GPI) in the Indo-Pacific region. In this position, she coordinates with USTDA’s partner organizations, technical experts, and multilateral financial institutions to help bring best value in procurement to USTDA partner countries.

Prior to joining USTDA, Nicole worked as a policy advisor in the private sector representing companies, business federations and government entities on various issues including international trade and investment, foreign affairs and technology. She worked closely with former members of Congress from both sides of the aisle in client matters related to global government relations.

As an authority on East Asian affairs for nearly a decade, Nicole also taught undergraduates at Columbia University, Yale University and New York University. She has lived and worked throughout Asia and served as a fellow in the faculty of law at Rikkyo University in Tokyo. While completing her dissertation, she worked as a consultant at Asia Society in New York City. Nicole also worked as executive speechwriter to the Ambassador at the Korean Embassy in Washington D.C.

As a graduate of Dartmouth College, Nicole received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University and Columbia University and earned a certificate in international business and finance from New York University.