Renita Carter

Jean Lehage Cohen

Executive Director, Mentor New York

Jean has an AB from Brown University in Applied Mathematics-Psychology and an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School Of Business. Formerly an economic business consultant to Fortune 500 companies, she has been involved with not-for-profit organizations for 30 years. She has been with Mentor New York for 23 years.  Motivating and directing volunteers is one of her areas of expertise, having trained over 14,000 volunteers in mentoring. 

Her work has ranged from developing school-based mentoring programs to finding compatible business and government partners to producing online resource materials and newsletters for programs across New York State. She travels throughout the state and provides training and technical assistance to mentoring programs and mentoring coalitions.  She is the co-author of Mentoring at the Middle School.  Mentor New York assists nearly 800 different mentoring programs.  They currently serve over 70,000 young people.   She mentored the same young woman for ten years.