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Sally Kohn is a liberal political commentator, community organizer, and founder and chief education officer of the Movement Vision Lab, a grassroots think tank. Kohn is an unpaid contributor for the Fox News Channel, and has her work published in publications like The Washington Post and USA Today.
Sally Rebecca Kohn was born on March 27, 1977 in Allentown, Pennsylvania to Donald Kohn, an engineer, and Melinda Kohn, a computer programmer. 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.
Kohn was raised in Allentown and left to pursue a bachelor's degree in psychology from George Washington University. She later received a dual degree from New York University School of Law in public administration and legal studies. Kohn was a Root Tilden public service scholar at the New York University School of Law.
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.
She has appeared on MSNBC shows The Ed Show and The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell. Kohn has also published op-eds for outlets including Fox News, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Christian Science Monitor, and USA Today. She is also a contributor to The Huffington Post. She currently serves as a Fox News Channel contributor.
Kohn met her partner, Sarah Hansen, at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 2003. Hansen works as an activist and consultant, and is the former Executive Director of the Environmental Grantmakers Association. They have a 3 year old daughter, Willa Eliza Hansen-Kohn.