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Beth Cobert is the Chief Operating Officer of the Markle Foundation and helps lead the Rework America Alliance, a partnership of civil rights organizations, nonprofits, private sector employers, labor unions, educators, and others working to open opportunities for millions of unemployed and low wage workers.
Cobert led Markle’s Skillful initiative as Chief Executive Officer from 2017 to 2021 to accelerate the adoption of a skills-based labor market working with a broad set of partners to build understanding and develop resources which are now shared through Markle’s Rework America Alliance.
Previously, Cobert served as Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) under President Obama. During her tenure, OPM not only embraced new technology to improve customer service and cyber security but also championed recruiting, development and advancement practices to support a talented and diverse federal workforce amidst rapid technological advancement.
She came to OPM from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where she served as the Deputy Director for Management and the U.S. Chief Performance Officer starting in October 2013. At OMB, she led the efforts to drive the President’s Management Agenda to make government more effective and efficient so it can deliver better, faster, and smarter services to citizens and businesses. Her leadership within an administration navigating ever accelerating technological change daily informs her work at Markle, which engages both policy makers and business leaders on digital economy workforce issues.
Before joining the Federal government, Cobert worked for nearly 30 years at McKinsey & Company as a Senior Partner in their New York and San Francisco offices, where she worked with clients across a range of sectors, including financial services, health care, real estate, telecommunications, and philanthropy. She also championed the advancement of women into leadership positions and was one of the first to pursue a part-time program and be elected Senior Partner while working part-time. This breadth of experience across the private sector affords her the big picture insights essential for catalyzing system-level change.
Cobert is currently a member of the Board of Directors of CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG). She has served on the Princeton University Board of Trustees and as both board member and board chair of the United Way of the Bay Area, and as a member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council.
Cobert received a bachelor’s degree in economics with high honors from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford University with honors. She and her husband have two children and currently reside in Denver, CO.