Bobby Cochran

Bobby Cochran
Location: Portland, Oregon Cohort Start Year: 2016 Project Topic: Environmental Justice
Senior Fellow
National Policy Consensus Center 

Working with partners in Oregon and nationally to understand and deliver the health benefits of more time in nature—especially in ways that bridge new relationships between communities.

STRATEGIC INITIATIVE: Shift Health Accelerator
Joint Initiative (Bobby Cochran, Jen Lewis-Walden, Matt Tinsley)

Right now, too many communities face unfair odds when it comes to their health, wellbeing, and quality of life. Working alongside community leaders to make positive change is a better approach—and that’s what we do. We hold a values and impact-driven vision where communities and individuals are vested with the power and resources they need to improve their quality of life and achieve their full potential. We live the values that guide our work through shared leadership in partnership with communities. Shift Health Accelerator will simplify access to the money and expertise communities need to increase health, wellbeing, and quality of life.

In 2017, a group of community leaders came together to solve a thorny problem. In our years of work, we saw incredible nonprofits and leaders striving mightily to solve society’s toughest challenges, from lack of access to healthy food to unsafe and unaffordable housing, from public transit that’s a barrier to keeping a job to neighborhoods with no sidewalks or parks. At the same time, we knew dozens of funders who wanted to direct their investments to do good but who lacked the local knowledge needed to support the organizations doing the best work. We have a plan to help them all do better at doing good: Shift Health Accelerator develops funding and collective organizing tools, expands networks of community leaders, and supports technical assistance—all to facilitate access to resources and expertise.

Bobby walks in the spaces between the worlds of business, science and collaboration.

Click here to watch Bobby’s Legacy Project video.