Wendy Cohen Named Executive Director at Experience Matters

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            PHOENIX, Ariz. (Nov. 1, 2018): Wendy Cohen brings more than 20 years of strategic planning, business development, consensus building and leadership experience to her new role as Executive Director at Experience Matters, a Valley-based nonprofit that engages retired professionals with nonprofit organizations to build capacity and support meaningful social-purpose projects.

            “With Experience Matters now financially stable, our immediate goal is to refocus on our core mission and to grow both the number of nonprofits we serve and our pool of talent to help solve social issues in the community,” Cohen said.  “Having operated over the past 13 months with a very small staff, Experience Matters maintained about 70 percent of its services that include Encore Fellows, Service by Design, RSVP and Americorps.  We are now at a place where we can build upon that foundation to make an even greater impact throughout Maricopa County.”

            In 2017, the Experience Matters Board of Directors developed and implemented a financial restructuring strategy to manage costs resulting from shortfalls between funding and operating expenses.

            “Even during the rebuilding phase, Experience Matters continued as a 

valuable asset to the nonprofit community by matching organizations with individuals whose critical skills, talent and experience can be leveraged to benefit the nonprofit and the populations being served,” said Laurie Buczek, chair of the Experience Matters Board of Directors.  “It’s time to ramp it up and Wendy brings the experience and expertise to guide that process.”

            Cohen was most recently Senior Consultant for Practice Programs with the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) in Bethesda, Md. Previously, she handled responsibilities as Vice President of Practice and Quality, successfully building revenue streams and developing new lines of business and programs supporting the work and mission off the AGA.

            Before joining the AGA in 1997, Cohen was Research and Evaluation Manager and Consultant for The Center for Clinical Quality Evaluation in Washington, D.C.  Her experience also includes positions with the Harvard Community Health Plan and the New York State Department of Health.

            She holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Rochester (N.Y.) School of Medicine and Dentistry and a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Society from the University of Rochester.  She has been published in a number of professional journals.

            Cohen and her husband, Jeffrey, live in the Arcadia neighborhood.  He is the Dean of Humanities at Arizona State University.

            For more information about Experience Matters, visit www.experiencemattersaz.org.

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