Elizabeth Cohen

Betsy Cohen

Betsy Cohen is Executive Director for the regional Immigration & Innovation Initiative, the St. Louis Mosaic Project. This initiative is a joint collaboration of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, the Regional Chamber and leaders of 27 organizations on the Steering Committee. The goal is that by 2020 the region will have the fastest growth rate of foreign-born people, reversing current declines on regional population of 2.8 million. In fact, for 2015 the St. Louis region was the fastest growing for foreign-born residents of the top 20 major metros!  The project involves business, government, education, faith, safety, health, culture, diverse local chambers, and agencies, plus the people of the region. The St. Louis Mosaic Project is part of the World Trade Center-St. Louis within the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership.

Betsy is on the Welcoming Network Leadership Committee for national immigration integration. She is on the Advisory Board of the St. Louis University Cook School of Business, the St. Louis Crisis Nursery Advisory Board and the Washington University Council for Sustainability. She has been recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal and the YWCA. She has spoken at the US Chamber in Washington, DC. twice on immigration and was a delegate to Germany on global refugee issues in September 2016.

Betsy received her BA from Wellesley College and MBA from the Harvard Business School.  She worked with international colleagues in her previous role as a vice president at Nestle Purina. At Purina, she also launched and led a St. Louis regional coalition.