Talent Agent Joe Cohen Joins Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation Board of Directors

Joe Cohen at Taste For a Cure 2013

Creative Artists Agency’s Joe Cohen joined the board of directors for the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation, the fundraising arm of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Cohen is Co-Head of the Television Department at Creative Artists Agency. As the 2013 recipient of the Foundation’s Gil Nickel Humanitarian Award, Cohen was instrumental in helping the Foundation raise more than $780,000 at Taste for a Cure 2013, an increase of 30 percent over 2012. Cohen also supports AIPAC, The Ben Applebaum Foundation, The Help Group, The Jewish Federation, Kehillat Israel and Yo San University. He has contributed to and supported the CAA Foundation, the agency’s philanthropic arm, since 1996. Cohen resides in Santa Monica.

“We are pleased to welcome Joe Cohen to the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation board of directors,” said Judith C. Gasson, JCCC director, professor of medicine and biological chemistry and president of the foundation’s board of directors. “Joe’s personal commitment to raising funds for innovative research will hasten discoveries that lead to more effective therapies for cancer patients everywhere.”

Cohen will serve a three-year term, which began this month.

The Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation board is led by Chair Randall M. Katz, and Vice Chairs Jay Sures and Dana Walden. Katz is president of Milestone Entertainment and a director of the Ron and Maddie Katz Family Foundation. Sures is a partner and board member at United Talent Agency and the 2007 recipient of the foundation’s Gil Nickel Humanitarian Award. Walden is chairman of 20th Century Fox Television, and received the Gil Nickel Humanitarian Award in 2009 with fellow Fox chairman Gary Newman. Other 2012-2013 foundation board officers include Treasurer Jonathan Davidson, a partner at Westridge Capital LLC, and Secretary Ken Dorshkind, director of JCCC shared resources and professor and vice chair for research for the department of pathology and laboratory medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

The Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation, founded in 1945, is the single most important vehicle for raising private funds for cancer research at UCLA. Through activities such as Taste for a Cure and Lifeline Connection, the foundation supports high-priority cancer research efforts aimed at translating laboratory discoveries into more effective and less toxic therapies for cancer patients.