Marc Cohen

Executive Director, WEMSA

Marc Cohen is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin EMS Association. In that role he leads the largest State EMS Association in the country. The mission of WEMSA is to represent and support the views and interests of our membership by working together as your voice for EMS to promote education, share information, and facilitate legislative action.

A native of New York, but has called Milwaukee home for over 30 years. He received a B.A in Sociology from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA and an M.F.A. from Northern Illinois University.  He has a diverse and varied background which includes executive management and fund development with mission driven organizations.  He served as Executive Director at Congregation Shalom and Foundation Director of the Wheaton Franciscan His professional roles have included V.P – Relationship Manager with PNC Wealth Management.

He is a dynamic management and development professional. His span of responsibilities has included fund development, customer and volunteer relations, strategic planning, fundraising, budgeting, and operational and facilities management. He has extensive experience in board development and leadership training.  He managed and ran a national conference for NATA and he has provided national consulting services in best practices including budgeting, board development, and leadership transition throughout the United States.

His community and volunteer activities include Founding Board Chair of Stellar Collegiate Charter School, Member of the Bel Canto Chorus Board, Executive Committee of the Milwaukee Jewish Day School; Past Chair of National Association of Temple Administration, Chair of the NATA Investment and Consulting Committees, Member of the editorial board of the NATA Journal. He has served as a member of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation Financial and Community Task Force. With his family he volunteers at the Agape Meal Program, Hunger Task Force, and St. Ben’s Meal Program. In his spare time sings with the Bel Canto Chorus and is bass section leader at St. Josephat Basilica.

He was married to Milwaukee native Wendy Messnick in 1992.  They live in Glendale with their two children, Carly 22, a senior business major at UW-Madison and Zachary 17, a junior at Nicolet High School.

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