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Emory’s Board of Trustees elects new members
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Darren W. Cohen (left) and Robin Dease

Darren W. Cohen (left) and Robin Dease have been elected to Emory University’s Board of Trustees.

The Emory University Board of Trustees has elected two new members: Darren W. Cohen, co-head and chief investment officer (CIO) of the Goldman Sachs Growth Equity team; and Robin Dease, the episcopal leader of the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church. 

The Board of Trustees oversees the governance and long-term well-being of the institution by establishing policy and exercising fiduciary responsibility. The board may have up to 45 active trustees and each serves a six-year initial term; four-year renewable terms may follow. 

Cohen has served as the co-head and CIO of the Goldman Sachs Growth Equity team since 2018. In this capacity, he manages a $5.2 billion global growth fund and oversees one of the largest dedicated growth equity platforms in the world focused on the enterprise software, financial technology and health care technology sectors.

Cohen is an accomplished technology investor with a career of more than 25 years spanning public and private global markets. His investment journey began in fundamental research, honed during his tenure as a technology research analyst in Goldman Investment Research from 2000 to 2004 and as a buy-side analyst at a global hedge fund from 2004 to 2007. Cohen rejoined Goldman Sachs as a member of the Principal Strategic Investments business. In that role, he led the firm’s strategic investments in the financial technology sector.

Cohen graduated from Emory summa cum laude with degrees in political science and philosophy. 

Dease was elected bishop by the 2022 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference and consecrated in November 2022. Her first assignment as bishop was to the North Georgia Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church in January 2023.

Dease holds a bachelor’s degree from Claflin University in Orangeburg and earned a master of divinity degree and a doctor of ministry degree in stewardship from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.

Before her election to the episcopacy, she served as pastor and district superintendent in the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church and has been involved in numerous denominational and conference boards and committees.

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