Brian Cohen's 15 years of experience uniquely cuts across politics, public safety and entertainment.
Most recently he served as senior director, strategic alliances for American Gaming Association where he led all partnerships with law enforcement, third parties, and state and local elected officials. He created the industry “Stop Illegal Gambling – Play It Safe” initiative, and the high profile American Sports Betting Coalition (ASBC). He also created and led a “Security and Surveillance Working Group” of senior executives and has published an article in ASIS “Security Management Magazine”.
15-years experience in government relations, public safety, coalition building and political operations
Prior to AGA, Cohen was Director of External State Government Affairs for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) where he led efforts to combat piracy and fought for enhanced production tax incentives across the country.
He has also served as the Associate Director for Intergovernmental & Public Liaison at the U.S. Department of Justice where he built a robust coalition in support of the National Methamphetamine Awareness campaign and strengthened partnerships between the Department and state and local elected officials and law enforcement on a host of other public safety issues.
Battled tested in high pressured environments like the casino and movie industries and Departments of Justice and Homeland Security
While serving as the chief state liaison for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) he brokered a partnership between the National Association of Attorneys General and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Center to train state and local prosecutors and law enforcement on intellectual property theft.
He's a veteran of two presidential campaigns.
Cohen graduated from Groton School then Hamilton College. He supports a variety of charitable efforts. Special interest in veterans, law enforcement, health and wellness, and mentoring children. He plays in several charity hockey games including the Congressional Hockey Challenge.
Coalitions and Partnerships
To effectively advocate for or against a policy, cause, or action requires not just a sound argument but an army of supporters with varying viewpoints and perspectives. Don't fight a battle or war alone; build partnerships and alliances to enhance your echo chamber.
Understanding the players and process in government is essential. Timing is everything. Build your government relations program around your objectives, your assets, and your short and long-term goals. Plan ahead but be nimble. Good politics requires good judgement, decisive actions, and strategic alliances.
Law Enforcement Liaison
Public safety affects every industry and person. Be a good corporate citizen and build your pipelines of communication with law enforcement; law enforcement can also be great validators of policy; there is no more credible partner to have by your side as your advocate.
Educational Initiatives / Corporate Branding
Make your idea bigger. Make a series of one-offs become an initiative. Integrate disparate events into a global message; perception shapes policy. Your brand matters. Know your audience and your strengths, be mindful of your vulnerabilities and create the best narrative of you that you can.
Advisory Boards: Creating Credibility
Trust and credibility. You need it. Find the best validators to provide the bullet proof vest against criticism. Find the best messengers for you; pull together a Board that can provide invaluable advice and counsel.
Charity Events / Philanthropic Causes
Aside from being a good corporate citizen, throwing a good party, and helping to raise money and awareness on important causes, a good charity event also enhances your footprint in the community or nationally and serves as a unique way to build strategic alliances with stakeholders.
Political Audits / Intelligence Gathering
Intelligence is critical to making informed decisions. Whether it's the military, a first responder, a government official, a business, or a citizen, we all plan and act in strategic ways when we understand the environments and circumstances that surround us.
Attorneys General are unique entities in the field of elected officials. They routinely shape and inform policy and business interests at the federal and state levels. Be a proactive partner. Have a seat at the table. As a member of the Conference of Western Attorneys General Cybersecurity Working Group I work closely with states’ top law enforcement officers/chief legal advisers on critical emerging issues that affect consumer protection, public safety, and the changing landscape of technology.
American Sports Betting Coalition (ASBC)
Conceived of the idea to bring diverse and credible stakeholders together under one umbrella to collaborate and advocate for change to the status quo in sports betting. Recruited law enforcement, state and local elected officials, attorneys general, consumer groups, and thought leaders to propel action through legislative platforms, the Supreme Court, and in the public purview.
Illegal Gambling Advisory Board – Law Enforcement Summit
Created an initiative for the casino industry to highlight its efforts to combat illegal gambling and partner with law enforcement. Through the "Stop Illegal Gambling - Play it Safe" initiative recruited and directed an elite advisory board consisting of former leadership from federal, state and local law enforcement. Organized a law enforcement summit with participation from national law enforcement agencies and organizations across the country and delivered a substantive after-action report to address illegal sports betting to be used for future education and advocacy.
Motion Picture Production Tax Incentives – Uniquely Educating Policy Makers
Led efforts to educate policymakers in certain states on the economic, tourism, and overall benefits to film production in their state vis-à-vis production tax incentive. Layered research and numbers with unique opportunities to see firsthand the trickle effect to jobs and revenue and interface with talent.