Jim Cowen is the executive director of the
Collaborative for Student Success, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising educational standards as an important next step in ensuring that all students are prepared to succeed at college level work. Jim has more than 20 years of experience in outreach and marketing, media relations and strategic communications, coupled with knowledge of the Homeland Security, government exercises and U.S. defense landscape. He has led a range of outreach efforts for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Veterans Affairs. Jim served 10 years of active duty as an officer in the United States Navy where his assignments included deputy public affairs officer for the chief of naval operations and congressional director for the secretary of the navy. Prior to these assignments, he was fire control officer onboard the guided missile destroyer USS STOUT (DDG 55). Jim is a graduate of Marquette University and holds a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University. He is also a graduate of Oxford University’s international management graduate business program.