Prior to becoming the CEO and the principal owner of Silicon Valley Community Newspapers, Mr. Cohen was the publisher of Metro Newspapers, a company he co-founded in 1985 as a management-controlled, privately held corporation.
Soon after beginning Metro, the company began to publish several weekly community newspapers and eventually, also created services on the internet.
Silicon Valley Community Newspapers (SVCN LLC) became an independent company in Dec. 2001 with Mr. Cohen serving as CEO and principal owner. In May 2003, the company started its seventh community newspaper, the Rose Garden Resident, and in October 2003, the Community Newspapers launched the Almaden Resident. Before selling the company to Knight Ridder Newspapers in 2005, SVCN LLC had eleven weekly newspapers.
Mr. Cohen’s community involvement has included memberships on the Emeritus Board of Directors, San Jose Symphony Orchestra; Advisory Board of Directors, San Jose Jazz Society; member of the Board of Directors, San Jose Rotary Club and former Board of Directors; President’s Council, San Jose State University and Steering Committee, Arts Council of Santa Clara County. He also served as Chairman of the San Jose Cinequest Film Festival.
His past affiliations have included Founding Board of Directors, San Jose Downtown Association; Board of Directors, Association of Alternative Newsweeklies; President, Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, Western United States. Mr. Cohen was the Vice-Chairman and a founding member of the Hakone Foundation Board of Trustees, as well as a board member of the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Board of Governors, serving as Vice-Chairman, Community Hospital of Los Gatos (CA). In 2011 he became a member of the Board of Directors of San Jose Country Club and in 2013 was elected Club President.