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Kohn in 2016
|Born||Sally Rebecca Kohn
March 27, 1977
Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Residence||Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York|
|Alma mater||George Washington University
New York University School of Law
Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
|Occupation||Lawyer, journalist, political commentator, CEO of Movement Vision Lab, a think tank|
Sally Rebecca Kohn (born March 27, 1977) is an American lawyer, liberal / progressive political commentator, community organizer, and founder and chief executive officer of the Movement Vision Lab, a grassroots think tank that focuses on liberal, progressive and radical ideas and positions. Kohn was a contributor for the Fox News Channel, and now regularly appears as a political commentator on CNN. Her writing is published in publications like The Washington Post and USA Today.
Early life and education
Kohn was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania to Jewish parents. Her parents are Donald Kohn, an engineer, and Melinda Kohn, a computer programmer. Kohn's mother introduced her to volunteering and community organizing at age 12, when they began volunteering together at a local domestic violence shelter.
Kohn was raised in Allentown and left to pursue a bachelor's degree in psychology from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She graduated from New York University School of Law with a juris doctor in 2002, and also has a master's degree in public administration from Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Kohn was a Root Tilden public service scholar at the New York University School of Law.
Previously, Kohn was senior campaign strategist with the Center for Community Change, where she served as co-director. She also previously served as executive director of the Third Wave Foundation. Kohn held a program fellowship at the Ford Foundation, helping to manage more than $15 million in annual grants. She was also a distinguished Vaid fellow at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute. Kohn has consulted at organizations such as the Urban Justice Center. She was also a strategic adviser to the Social Justice Infrastructure Funders.
She has appeared on MSNBC shows The Ed Show, Up with Steve Kornacki, Now with Alex Wagner, and on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell. Kohn has also published op-eds for outlets including Fox News, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Christian Science Monitor, and USA Today. She is also a contributor to The Huffington Post.
Kohn incited controversy when she wrote an article where she stated that she wants her daughter to grow up to be a lesbian, and that she is disappointed that her daughter has shown a romantic interest in boys.
On February 19th, 2017, NY Post columnist Carol Markowicz wrote, in response to a recent tweet by Kohn, the following: "Last week, cable news personality Sally Kohn tweeted what she called a “straightforward” plan that would eject Donald Trump and install Hillary Clinton into the presidency: “1. Impeach Trump Pence; 2. Constitutional crisis; 3. Call special election; 4. Ryan v Clinton; 5. President Clinton.”
"Anyone with middle-school knowledge of the presidential chain of command should know that impeaching both Trump and his vice president would not, actually, lead to a “constitutional crisis” or a “special election” Markowicz adds. "It would lead directly, do not pass go, do not collect $200, to President Paul Ryan. Whom Clinton would be welcome to challenge in the next election."
Kohn met her wife, Sarah Hansen, at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 2003. Hansen works as an activist and consultant. Hansen was the executive director of the Environmental Grantmakers Association from 1998 to 2005. They have a daughter named Willa Hansen-Kohn and they live in Brooklyn, New York.
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