Beth Cobert is Acting President of the Markle Foundation. In this role, Beth leads Markle’s Rework America Alliance, a unique partnership of civil rights organizations, nonprofits, private sector employers, labor unions, educators, and others working to open opportunities for millions of people from low-wage roles to move into good jobs with opportunities for career advancement. The focus of the Alliance is to provide help for people who have built capabilities through experience but do not have a bachelor’s degree – particularly people of color and others facing systemic barriers in the labor market.
As Acting President at Markle, Beth employs her extensive experience in talent management and partnership development, as well as her acumen for harnessing the constructive potential of new technologies. Prior to joining Markle, Beth honed her leadership skills as Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) under President Obama. Before her time at OPM, Beth served as the Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Beth began her career at McKinsey & Company, where she became Senior Partner, and worked with clients across a range of sectors, including financial services, healthcare, real estate, telecommunications, and philanthropy. Beth is a fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration. She is a member of the Board of Directors of CBRE Group, Inc. and serves on the Princeton University Board of Trustees. Beth received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton University and a master’s in business administration from Stanford University.