AN A-LIST ROLODEX
Stanford grad, Rhodes Scholar, State Department wonk, author, painter— Jared Cohen’s accomplishments have launched him into a rarefied orbit.
Eric Schmidt Alphabet executive chairman, EX-CEO of Google
At State, Cohen invited Schmidt on a “tech del,” and the two bonded. Schmidt later convinced Cohen to help found Google Ideas, the think tank that became Jigsaw.
Condoleezza Rice Former secretary of state
Impressed by his Rhodes research on Iran, Rice hired Cohen to join her policy planning staff. At 24, he was its youngest member.
George W. Bush 43rd president of the United States
Bush’s endorsement of Cohen’s intel lent credibility to more tech-centric research for the State Department.
Arianna Huffington Cofounder of The Huffington Post
Both consummate networkers, Huffington and Cohen bonded over interests ranging from cyberterrorism to childcare.
Jack Dorsey Cofounder and CEO of Twitter
Cohen reached out to Dorsey seeking help to prevent Twitter from interrupting its service during protests in Iran.
Hillary Clinton Former secretary of state
Clinton viewed Cohen’s work as representative of the 21st-century statecraft she was devising and implementing.
Barack Obama 44th president of the United States
Cohen stayed on at the State Department following Obama’s election, and 44 was not happy when Cohen reached out to Twitter, challenging the administration’s noninterference policies.
Dana Perino Former White House press secretary
Cohen is a guy, Perino says of her friend, who’s in Sri Lanka one day, writing a book the next, and taking his daughters to get a pedicure the day after that.
Jeff Koons Artist
On top of everything else, Cohen is an accomplished painter. He and Koons are friends and often work out together.