Neil Cohn: Planning & Zoning Commission

Neil Cohn
Neil Cohn – Planning & Zoning

Neil has spent the past 3 decades driving positive impact through financial markets and investments – and he is passionate about public service.

Neil started his career at Glencore trading physical commodities. Experiencing environmental destruction across the developing world inspired Neil to co-found Natsource Asset Management, the first private sector fund focused on carbon removal and renewable energy. Currently, Neil is building out Chia Network: an eco-friendly blockchain aimed to deliver the best intentions of cryptocurrency — sustainable growth and inclusive prosperity.

Neil was an environmental advisor to Obama’s first Presidential Transition Team and has served locally on the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission since January 2018, initially as an alternate and then appointed as full commissioner. P&Z achievements include an active role on the Affordable Housing Subcommittee that was able to secure an 8-30G moratorium and establishing the P&Z’s Economic Growth Subcommittee where Neil serves as the Chair. This new committee worked collaboratively to shepherd the successful adoption of a text amendment that enables public bus shelters – a basic need that had been stalled for decades.

Neil also serves on the Westport Public Arts Commission and the Westport Little League Baseball board. Neil has enjoyed living in Westport since 2012 with his wife and three Middle School-age kids.