Jane Cohen
Isles, INC, Director, Environmental Health Policy

Jane Cohen is the Director of Environmental Health Policy at Isles, Inc, where she leads strategy for a broad portfolio of policy issues including lead poisoning prevention and healthy housing, urban air pollution and electric vehicles and workforce development in the green jobs sector. She is engaged across many disciplines and government agencies, leading legislative advocacy, activating coalitions and working to protect the health and well-being of families across New Jersey.

Prior to joining Isles, Jane was a senior researcher for Human Rights Watch. A specialist on China, she also led extensive field research on health, environmental and political issues in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Japan.  At Human Rights Watch her areas of expertise included lead poisoning, HIV/AIDS, drug policy and environmental degradation. Jane conducted international advocacy with governments, international organizations and the United Nations and she has published extensively on global environmental issues. She authored Human Rights Watch’s first report on climate change and helped launch the organization’s environment and human rights program. Jane began her human rights career in China, where she lived for almost four years, working on HIV/AIDS and narcotics policy.

Jane has an interest in documenting people’s stories, in both print and audio. She spent a year at Audible, Inc developing a pilot podcast on immigration and learning about audio journalism.  

Jane holds dual Masters Degrees from Columbia University: a Master of International Affairs and a Master of Public Health. She speaks Mandarin Chinese and French. She is on the board of The Little Market and the South Orange Symphony Orchestra, where she also plays the violin. Jane lives in South Orange, New Jersey with her husband and two children.