MEET THE STAFF

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Julie Schumacher Cohen, Director of Community and Government Relations

Julie Schumacher Cohen is the Director of Community and Government Relations.  In this role, Julie helps strengthen relationships between the University and the community, serving as the liaison with neighborhood groups, community organizations and local, state and federal government bodies. 

Julie has worked for a variety of non-profit organizations in the area of community and government relations, including most recently as Deputy Director, and earlier Legislative Coordinator, of Churches for Middle East Peace, a coalition of 24 national church bodies in Washington, DC.  Previously, she worked in New York City directing cross-cultural programs at U.S. Servas Inc. and as a Community Outreach/Public Policy Associate for Citizens Union Foundation.

Julie serves on the Board of Directors of Metro Action at the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Scranton Tomorrow, and First Friday and is the correspondence secretary of the William Prescott Elementary PTA. She was named a Top 25 Woman in Business in 2015 by the Northeast Business Journal and was on their list of the Top 20 under 40 in 2011. Julie was also named a Northeast Woman in 2011 by the Scranton Times Tribune. 

Julie earned a bachelor’s degree in political studies and English literature from Gordon College, Wenham, Mass., and is completing a Master of Public Administration at Villanova University. Julie lives in Scranton’s Hill Section with her husband, Will, an Assistant Professor of Theology at the University, and their three children.

Email Julie at julie.cohen@scranton.edu.  

Jessica Durkin, Administrative Assistant for Community and Government Relations

Jessica Durkin serves as the Administrative Assistant for Community and Government Relations. She is the first point of contact for all concerns, questions and suggestions related to the University. Jessica received her bachelor's degree in English from Temple University in Philadelphia. She is currently a member of the Leadership Lackawanna Core Class of 2016. Jessica currently lives in downtown Scranton. 

Email Jessica at jessica.durkin@scranton.edu