Lisa Cohen

Executive Director

Lisa Cohen is the founding executive director of the Washington Global Health Alliance (WGHA), a coalition of the state’s leading global health research and development organizations. Lisa oversees WGHA’s strategic direction including mobilizing Washington state’s global health sector, cultivating global health champions and advocating on behalf of global health organizations.

Prior to the formation of WGHA, Ms. Cohen spent 25 years as executive producer and managing editor for a number of Seattle television news departments. She taught journalism at the University of Washington, She served as interim executive director for Seattle CityClub and as a strategist for She currently serves on the governance boards for Global to Local, Seattle CityClub and the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association as well as numerous civic advisory committees. She earned her BA and MA degrees in Broadcast Journalism and International Communications respectively from the University of Washington.

WGHA envisions a world in which collaboration leads to global health equity. The first organization of its kind, WGHA was founded in 2007 and has more than 60 members. WGHA leverages partnerships, raises community awareness and supports creative solutions that address local and global health challenges.