Gary D. Cohn

  • Former Director, United States National Economic Council

  • Trustee, NYU Langone Health

Gary Cohn

Gary D. Cohn is an American business leader, philanthropist and the former Director of the United States National Economic Council

Mr. Cohn served as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council from January 2017 through April 2018. As President Donald J. Trump’s chief economic advisor, Mr. Cohn managed the coordination of the President’s domestic and global economic policy agenda and led the Administration-wide effort to successfully pass the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. 

Mr. Cohn began a distinguished career in finance at the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. in 1990. He held a variety of leadership positions in the firm’s Securities Division in both New York and London, including Global Co-Head of the Equities and Fixed income, Currency, and Commodities Divisions. He served as President and Chief Operation Officer from 2006-2016 and was a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and Chairman of the Firmwide Client and Business Standards Committee. 

Additionally, Mr. Cohn served as a Director of the London Metals Exchange and a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the New York Mercantile Exchange and the Commodity Exchange. 

Mr. Cohn lives in New York with his wife and three daughters, where he is an active philanthropist and advisor to technology companies and entrepreneurs who rely on his vast knowledge of Wall Street and Washington to better understand the financial and economic environment. He received his undergraduate degree from American University in 1982.