Sally Kohn

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Sally Kohn
Born Sally Rebecca Kohn
(1977-03-27) March 27, 1977 (age 41)
Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Residence Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York
Nationality American
Alma mater George Washington University
New York University School of Law
Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
Occupation Lawyer, journalist, political commentator, CEO of a think tank
Spouse(s) Sarah Hansen

Sally Rebecca Kohn (born March 27, 1977) is an American lawyer, liberal political commentator, community organizer, and founder and chief executive officer of the Movement Vision Lab, a grassroots think tank. Kohn was a contributor for the Fox News Channel,[1][2] and now regularly appears as a political commentator on CNN. Her writing is published in publications like The Washington Post and USA Today.[3]

Early life and education

Kohn was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania to Donald Kohn, an engineer, and Melinda Kohn, a computer programmer.[4] Kohn's mother introduced her to volunteering and community organizing at age 12, when they began volunteering together at a local domestic violence shelter. Kohn was raised Jewish.[citation needed]

Kohn was raised in Allentown and left to pursue a bachelor's degree in psychology from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She graduated from New York University School of Law with a juris doctor in 2002, and also has a master's degree in public administration from Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Kohn was a Root Tilden public service scholar at the New York University School of Law.[5]


Community organizing

Previously, Kohn was Senior Campaign Strategist with the Center for Community Change, where she served as co-Director. She also previously served as Executive Director of the Third Wave Foundation. Kohn held a program fellowship at the Ford Foundation, helping to manage more than $15 million in annual grants. She was also a distinguished Vaid Fellow at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute. Kohn has consulted at organizations such as the Urban Justice Center. She was also a strategic adviser to the Social Justice Infrastructure Funders.

Media career

She has appeared on MSNBC shows The Ed Show, Up with Steve Kornacki, Now with Alex Wagner, and on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell.[6] Kohn has also published op-eds for outlets including Fox News,[7] The Washington Post, The Nation, The Christian Science Monitor, and USA Today. She is also a contributor to The Huffington Post.

She served as a Fox News Channel contributor until October 2013.[1][2] She is currently a commentator on CNN.


Kohn incited controversy when she wrote an article where she stated that she wants her daughter to grow up to be a lesbian, and that she is disappointed that her daughter has shown a romantic interest in boys.[8]

Personal life

Kohn met her partner, Sarah Hansen, at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 2003. Hansen works as an activist and consultant. Hansen was the Executive Director of the Environmental Grantmakers Association from 1998 to 2005. They have a daughter (aged 5 in 2014), Willa Hansen-Kohn and live in Brooklyn, New York.[9]


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