Daniel Marks Cohen is a native New Yorker and an affordable housing advocate.
Dan currently works at the nonprofit Housing Partnership as Vice President, where he oversees the annual preservation and creation of over 5,000 affordable housing units, reflecting an investment of more than $1 billion, in New York City each year. He has worked in housing in New York City for over 20 years, including in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
Before joining the Housing Partnership Dan founded a consulting and investment firm. He has previously served as a nonprofit affordable housing lender and prior to that he worked in real estate private equity. Dan has also worked for the New York City Economic Development Corporation, advising on the city’s allocation of $4 billion in Liberty Bond financing as part of the 9/11 recovery. He began his career at an affordable housing builder after he received his MBA in Finance and Management from the NYU Stern School of Business in 1999. Dan is also a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Since 2010 Dan has been re-elected four times in the 69th Assembly District as the Democratic State Committeeman and is a co-founder of the Progressive Caucus, which was a leading voice against the turncoat Democrats in the State Senate known as the IDC. He is a political partner in the Truman National Security Program, a graduate of the Presidio Fellowship, and an alumnus of the Coro Leadership New York program.
Dan is involved in his community as an appointed member of Community Board 9, and is working to create a West Harlem Community Arts Center, limit runaway real estate development, protect local landmarks, and preserve our parks. He is on the community advisory board of Mt. Sinai Hospital, the elected President of the Valley Restoration Local Development Corporation, the founder of Friends of Anibal Aviles Playground/Amigos del Parque de Anibal Aviles and on the board of Friends of Morningside Park. Dan also serves on the Board of Directors of the Columbus-Amsterdam Business Improvement District.
A three-time NYC Marathon finisher, Dan is the son of a Cantor and an attorney, and he is also the son and grandson of US Navy veterans. He is a proud NYC public-school graduate as well as a current public school parent, and serves on the school PTA. Dan and his family are members of Congregation Rodeph Sholom, and he was raised in rent-regulated housing on Manhattan’s Upper West Side in the same neighborhood where he lives with his wife and young son today.