14 Kelly Cohen
Managing Partner, Southern Strategy Group »Age: 41
Political campaigns. Economic development. City planning. Charitable work. Lobbyist and strategist Kelly Cohen, managing partner of the Orlando arm of Southern Strategy Group for the past 10 years, is seemingly everywhere. That includes involvement in Orlando City Soccer Club’s success; advising Mayor Buddy Dyer on his re-election campaign; and various local high-tech projects, including the Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center, a partnership with UCF, government and industry to attract global firms focusing on the next generation of smart electronic sensors. A lawyer by training, Cohen serves on the Orlando Economic Development Commission board of directors; works on Dyer’s Project DTO advising the city on its future livability; and is a key player in the downtown Canvs high-tech co-working space and the Orlando Tech Association. She also sits on the board of Nap Ford Community School.
By: Jim Leusner, Barry Glenn, Brad Kuhn