Bobby Cochran
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Senior Fellow, National Policy Consensus Center

Bobby Cochran is currently pursuing a one-year research fellowship at the National Policy Consensus Center (see the blog post). Cochran is known for his ability to bring diverse stakeholders together to solve complex environmental problems. At the NPCC, he will be conducting research that can contribute to building new strategies around two themes:

  • How to support ongoing collaborative systems (e.g., Coordinated Care Organizations or forest collaboratives) so that states and communities have the capacity to address rapidly evolving problems stemming from economic, climate, and other disruption; and
  • How to structure social impact and public finance so that communities can access the capital they need to innovate on their solutions using their leadership, especially for water infrastructure and health equity.

Bobby Cochran is also a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader and adjunct professor at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. He has worked on collaborative and market-based policies for Defenders of Wildlife and the State of California, Clean Water Services, and for the Asian International Rivers Center in Yunnan, China. He received a PhD and master’s degree in urban studies/conflict resolution from Portland State University, and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Southern California. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology and society with a minor in French studies from Cornell University. When he’s not working or teaching, he enjoys spending time in the mountains with his two daughters and wife and attempting trying to grow spicy chilies during Oregon’s summers.