Alan Cohen

Alan Cohen
Assistant County Administrator:

Alan Cohen


Office of the County Administrator

Professional Background

Alan Cohen joined Broward County in March 2015 and has more than 30 years of management experience in the public and private sectors.

Alan’s previous public sector experience includes serving as the City Manager of Sunrise, FL, City Manager of Sunny Isles Beach, FL, and Mayor/Manager of the City of Ithaca, NY. During his tenure in these roles, he worked on a myriad of issues related to municipal administration, and developed expertise in several areas including organizational transformation, financial restructuring, sustainability, resident engagement, public safety, diversity/inclusion, and economic/community development/revitalization. Regarding the latter, Alan has led or otherwise been integrally involved in a variety of (re)development projects worth more than $5 billion.

In the private sector, Alan operated Cohen Consulting which provided executive-level transitional management services and management consulting on strategy, business and organizational development, and public relations for a diverse client base including Fortune 500 companies, tech start-ups and public sector entities. Previously Alan owned and managed Simeon’s On The Commons restaurant, and was also involved in real estate management.

Alan has been an active volunteer throughout his life, serving on the boards for organizations focused on hunger and poverty relief, affordable housing, education, the performing arts and business development, in addition to numerous public sector committees and task forces, etc. He provided pro-bono management consulting for several cities and organizations in Ukraine and served for many years as a volunteer firefighter.

Primarily Responsible For:

  • Long-term strategic projects and initiatives, including the Convention Center Expansion and Headquarters Hotel projects and the redevelopment of Government Center East.
  • Other special projects as assigned.
  • Agency Assignments: Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.


Bachelor of Science in Business Management, Cornell University
Master of Business Administration, HEC School of Management in Paris.