Jonathan Cohen is the director of the Open Society Public Health Program where he oversees grant making and advocacy to improve social inclusion in public health policy and practice.
A Canadian lawyer, Cohen joined the Open Society Foundations in 2006 as director of the Law and Health Initiative where he oversaw legal aid and litigation in over 15 countries. He then served as deputy director of the Public Health Program from 2012 to 2016. He is a former member and co-chair of UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights.
From 2002 to 2006, Cohen was a researcher with the HIV/AIDS and Human Rights Program at Human Rights Watch, conducting investigations of police misconduct against criminalized populations, restrictions on sexuality education and access to condoms, violence and discrimination against orphans of HIV, and trafficking of children into forced labor. He has served on the scientific committee of two International AIDS Conferences and is co-editor of Health and Human Rights: A Resource Guide.
Cohen has degrees from Yale College, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He has served as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada and as co-editor-in-chief of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review.