Cohen is a dedicated servant leader in the community. In 2021, he was elected Mayor of DeKalb and, amidst his successful career, he’s dedicated time to serve as president or chairman on many organizations. While serving as president of the DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation, he helped bring in over a billion dollars of new business investment and over 1,100 new jobs to DeKalb. He also co-chaired a $110 million referendum to build new schools in DeKalb, the largest referendum to ever pass in his home community. Serving four years on the school board, he championed the plan to deploy 1:1 technology to every student in the DeKalb School District, bringing equity to all the students. His service also includes president of DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, president of the DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation, president of the grassroots initiative #ProudlyDeKalb, president of the DeKalb Corn Classic and adult Scout leader, and serving on many other boards, including the Board of Directors for the Ben Gordon Center. During the pandemic, Cohen also co-chaired the DeKalb County Unites Initiative, which created a positive economic impact on the small business community.