Jennifer Cohen oversees the department's development efforts as the senior associate athletic director for advancement, and also acts as the sport administrator for UW's football and baseball programs.
Cohen leads the department's fundraising efforts for various initiatives such as capital projects, planning giving and scholarships. She also oversees the athletic department's annual fundraising efforts through the Tyee Club, the Big 'W" Club and special events.
A native of Tacoma, Cohen has served the University of Washington's development efforts for the past 15 years. She joined the athletic department staff in 1998 as an assistant director of development before moving to the university's central development office to focus on fundraising efforts on behalf of the office of undergraduate education. She also spent time with the UW's regional gifts program before returning to athletics to oversee the department's major gifts program.
Cohen and her team spearheaded the “Drive for Husky Stadium” campaign, in which the department raised over $50 million in gifts for the renovation of Husky Stadium, which was completed in Aug. of 2013. Cohen has also led development efforts for a number of other initiatives including the renovation of Hec Edmundson Pavilion and the Conibear Shellhouse, the construction of the Dempsey Indoor Practice Facility, the Husky Legends Center, Husky Golf Center and various scholarship endowments.
A 1991 graduate of San Diego State University, Cohen earned her master's degree in physical education with an emphasis in sports administration, from Pacific Lutheran University in 1994. Her professional experience includes a variety of roles in intercollegiate athletics administration at Pacific Lutheran, the University of Puget Sound and Texas Tech University. She and her husband, Bill, are the parents of two sons, Tyson and Dylan.