Mary Louise Cohen

Co-founder,
Talent Beyond Border

Mary Louise Cohen is a co-founder of Talent Beyond Borders which is being created to provide a global re-employment solution for skilled refugees.

She is a founding partner of Phillips & Cohen LLP, and has represented whistleblowers for more than 25 years in lawsuits brought to remedy fraud against the United States. Her firm has recovered more than $11 billion for state and federal governments in cases filed under the False Claims Act.

In 2007, Cohen joined with African singer Angelique Kidjo to create the Batonga Foundation to promote and support secondary education for girls in Africa. In 2010, together with her husband Bruce Cohen, and Dr. Aziza Shad of Georgetown University, she founded the Aslan Project to improve survival rates for children with cancer in the developing world.

Cohen graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

Cohen was a 2014 Fellow with the Advanced Leadership Initiative(ALI) at Harvard University. The Advanced Leadership Fellowship is designed to enhance the ability of highly-accomplished leaders to help solve significant social problems. Cohen and her ALI colleagues, Gillian Sorensen and Bruce Cohen, began work on Talent Beyond Borders during their Harvard Fellowship.