Frank Cohn – Senior Facilitator

Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Frank has worked with youth and community groups in over 100 rural villages and urban neighborhoods in almost 20 countries in Latin America and Asia.  He is the Executive Director and founder of Global Potential, a youth leadership organization with 120 volunteers operating out of offices in 3 cities. Since 2007, Global Potential has provided over 2500 youth from inner-city and rural communities in New York, Boston, Paris, Haiti, Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua, with transformative life experiences through travel, cultural exchange, service learning, and experiential education. Frank also works as a management, program development/evaluation, and leadership consultant for several other non-profit organizations, currently as a Parent Leadership Consultant for Cool Culture in New York’s Chinatown. His previous work includes Field Director for an NGO in Central America and with the United Nations in Social Policy and Development. Frank was selected in 2011 as the New Yorker of the Week by NY1 Television, and in 2010 won the Emerging Social Worker Award from the National Association of Social Workers – NYC Chapter, and was designated a “Robin Hood Lionheart”. In 2008 he was a ‘We Are All Brooklyn’ Fellow and is currently on their advisory committee, and in 2005 he was the Founding President of the Columbia University Partnership for International Development (CUPID). Frank brings 13 years of managerial and supervisory experience with designing, running, evaluating, and overcoming challenges within community service and development programs. He is a graduate lecturer at Rutgers University and Columbia University, and guest lectures and keynotes for various universities and events. Frank conducts training in 5 languages, around the world, on Non-Profit Management, Experiential Education, Social Entrepreneurship, Communication, Stress Management, and Team Building; for corporations, grassroots community groups, non-profit organizations, school administrators and teachers, and students. Frank holds his Masters of Science in Social Work from Columbia University, specializing in International Social Development and Social Enterprise Administration, and speaks fluent French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and Haitian Creole, and is functional in several other languages.


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