Marcia Cohen, Jess Parker, and Bill Rosen have been elected to the Antioch University Santa Barbara Board of Trustees.
“We are honored to have Marcia, Jess and Bill join the Board and are excited to have both their energy and expertise they bring as new Trustees” said President Nancy Leffert.
The majority of Ms. Cohen’s adult life was spent in St. Louis, Missouri, where she moved upon leaving her hometown of Ft Worth, Texas, to attend undergraduate and graduate school at Washington University. It was within this community that she worked in private practice as a marriage and family therapist. In addition to her professional career, she devoted a great deal of time to non-for profit-endeavors, volunteering time and chairing boards for organizations including the AIDS Foundation of St. Louis, Center for Creative Arts, Cancer Support Community of St. Louis, National Council for Undergraduate Experience at Washington University, and National Wellness Community. She also served a president of a new Jewish synagogue in the city of St. Louis, becoming the first woman in the Jewish community to fill such a role.
Upon moving to Telluride, Colorado, she again devoted time to NFPs, ultimately chairing the board of the Pinhead Institute, a Smithsonian Affiliate, promoting science education in Telluride and the surrounding rural communities. Her experiences on working boards for the past 35 years has given her a continual respect for challenges inherent in keeping those organizations alive and vital.
Mr. Parker’s responsibilities include sourcing new private investment opportunities and monitoring specific portfolio investments for West Coast Asset Management’s private fund, the West Coast Opportunity Fund.
Jess is also the founder of Coursebase, LLC, a venture fund invested in Governet, the nation’s leading provider of tertiary education curriculum management software. Jess is a board member of both Governet and the Foundation for Santa Barbara City College. He is the Vice President of the Hutton Parker Foundation, one of Santa Barbara’s largest private foundations, and has been integral in developing its investment philosophy. Jess holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Rosen was elected to the Goleta Water District in 2008, and has served as president since 2009. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival since 2003. From 2005-2006 he sat on the Santa Barbara County Civil Grand Jury, where he was principally responsible for reports on Legal Services, Guadalupe, and Santa Maria-Bonita School District.
Prior to moving to Santa Barbara, Bill Rosen has served as trustee for the Sullivan County Community College in New York, Director and General Counsel for United National Bank, and Counsel for the Upper Delaware Council, a non-profit organization that oversees development of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River.
Bill attended Union College where he graduated with honors in political science. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Bill attended Columbia Law School and received a master of laws degree in corporate law from and New York University School of Law.