Abby Joseph Cohen


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Abby Joseph Cohen

Advisory Director and Senior Investment Strategist
Goldman Sachs

Abby Joseph Cohen is an Advisory Director and Senior Investment Strategist at Goldman Sachs. Previously, she was chief U.S. investment strategist until 2008 and president of the firm's Global Markets Institute until 2017. She served on the Partnership Committee and remains a senior champion for the Disability Interest Forum. Cohen joined Goldman Sachs in 1990, becoming its first female head of investment strategy, and made partner in 1998. 

Cohen began her career as an economist at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC. She is a presidential councillor at Cornell University, her alma mater, where she chairs the steering committee for the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute for Innovation at Cornell Tech and is a life overseer of Weill Cornell Medicine. She is a member of the board executive committees of the Brookings Institution and the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she previously served as board chair.


Cohen is a former board chair of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute, a global organization with 125,000 members. She previously served as vice chair of the board of the New York Economic Club and on the national board of the Smithsonian Institution. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Cohen is an adjunct professor at Columbia University and a guest lecturer at other graduate schools of business. She was a member of the Obama White House-appointed Innovation Advisory Board for Economic Competitiveness. 


Abby earned degrees in economics and has received three honorary doctorates. She is recognized as a leader in U.S. portfolio strategy and was previously ranked No. 1 by Institutional Investor and Greenwich Associates. Her career is the subject of a Harvard Business School case study, a BusinessWeek cover story, and a profile in the New Yorker, including cartoon. She has been identified as a leading figure in the financial services industry by several other publications including Barron’s, Fortune, Bloomberg, and the New York Times.

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