Jewish Federation of LA
Mary Kohav is VP of Community Engagement Programs at The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
and oversees the department’s civic engagement portfolio. Mary also leads Diversity, Equity and
Inclusion (DEI) for the agency. An experienced team leader and strategist providing leadership
development, community relations and public affairs services to clients in the private, public and
nonprofit sectors, Mary has been at the forefront of leading change across numerous institutions.
Before joining the Federation, as BSC’s Director of PR and Marketing, Mary led and managed consumer‐
focused patient engagement, digital marketing and earned media campaigns for leading global health
organizations. She ran branding and marketing campaigns on emerging and cutting‐edge health trends
working daily with world‐renowned surgeons, medical industry innovators and other healthcare
Before joining BSC, Mary branched out on her own to run Mary Kohav PR, helping creative
agencies compete for, win and implement public sector RFPs while also leading social media and digital
marketing campaigns for social justice nonprofits including Breathe LA, First 5 LA and the Legal Aid
Foundation of LA.
As Associate VP at the Lee Andrews Group, Mary managed strategic public affairs services for clients in
the environmental, real estate, transportation and health‐related industries and led one of the nation's
foremost clean energy campaigns as project manager for the Green LA programs of the LADWP.
Mary is a Board Member at the Speak Up Foundation and she is in the current JFNA Justice, Equity,
Diversity and Inclusion cohort. Mary is also an alum of The Jewish Federation’s Rautenberg New Leaders
Project. Mary holds a BA in philosophy from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Public Policy
from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs (SPA) and has been awarded with SPA’s Alumna of the
Year Award for excellence in community service, professional achievement, public service and university