Stan­ford grad, Rhodes Scholar, State De­part­ment wonk, au­thor, painter— Jared Cohen’s ac­com­plish­ments have launched him into a rar­efied or­bit.

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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.

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