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FACE to the Name: Charmaine Cohen

Charmaine_CohenCharmaine Cohen was born to Mrs. Etta J. Cohen and the Late Caldon L. Cohen in Rochester, New York. She’s an educator with the Rochester City School District where she began as a classroom teacher, and now coordinates the Parent University of the Office of Parent Engagement, a program to empower parents in their children’s education. Her long term goal upon completion of her doctoral degree is to serve as a superintendent of a small school district.

Charmaine is a well-rounded young woman who has traveled nationally and abroad to Africa where she was privileged to connect with the homeland of her ancestors. Her entrepreneurial spirit is realized through her company, Cohen Properties, a real estate investment business. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, fellowshipping with family and friends.

Charmaine serves her community in various capacities: Board Member of Urban League of Rochester, Advisory Board Member of Educational Opportunity Center, Social Action Chairperson of the Rochester Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Baber AME Church Women’s Missionary Society.

Community Affiliations 
-Baber AME Church Women’s Missionary Society 
-Social Action Chairperson of 
Rochester Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 
-Board Member of Urban League of Rochester 
-Advisory Board Member of Educational Opportunity Center Perkins Grant

Public Engagements 
National Title I Parents 34th Conference – Rochester, NY – Nov. 2007
“Serving as a Strong Decision-Making Parent Group- Guest Presenter
National Title I Parents 33rd Conference – Los Angeles, CA – Oct. 2006
“Empowering Parents Through Leadership” – Guest Presenter
Marshall High School(RCSD) Parent Involvement Banquet – Roch., N.Y.-May 2006
“High Expectations is The Key to Student Success” – Keynote Speaker
Roch. City School Dist. Black History Program – Roch., N.Y. – Feb 2003 & 2006
“Genetically, Precisely, & Specifically Made” and “I Know Who I Am, Whose I Am, & Where I’m Going” – Keynote Speaker
AME Lay Organization Biennial – Houston, TX – July 2005
“Bridging the Generation Gap” – Guest Presenter
AME Lay Organization Mid-Year Meeting – Rochester, N.Y. – Feb. 2004
“Bridging the Generation Gap” – Guest Presenter
Rochester City School District FLC Nursing Graduation- Roch., N.Y. July 2003 “This Is Just The Beginning” – Keynote Speaker

Awards and Recognitions 
African American Leadership Development Graduate -Sept. 2007
Emerging Young African American Leader of Rochester- Feb. 2007
Service Award, Parent Leadership Academy Graduates- Oct. 2005
Crowned Queen, WNYC Women’s Missionary Society- May 2005
Service Award, District Advisory Council to Title I RCSD – Jun. 2002
Edison Tech High School Hall of Fame, RCSD- Feb. 2001
Outstanding Young Women of America, Jun. 1991