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Meet the Expert: Gene Cochrane

Areas of Expertise

  • Grantmaking: Strategic Planning, Program Planning and Development, Award Processes, Grants Management, Community Partnerships, Evaluation
  • Operations: Staff Recruitment and Development, Communications, Finance
  • Governance: Bylaws and Policies, Board Recruitment, Board Development and Relations, Succession Planning
  • Issue Areas: Access, Aging, Oral Health, Quality

About Gene

For thirty-six years, Gene Cochrane was a staff member of The Duke Endowment, a private philanthropic foundation in Charlotte, North Carolina, which provides support to childcare organizations, hospitals and related health-care organizations, and higher education institutions in North Carolina and South Carolina; and to rural United Methodist churches in North Carolina. From 1972 to 1980, Gene was a Hospital Administrator at Charlotte’s major medical center. Gene then joined the Endowment as a Program Officer in health care and served as Director of the health care area from 1991 to 2005. He was elected President of the Endowment in 2005, a position in which he served until his retirement in 2017. Current assets of The Duke Endowment are $3.3 billion, with an annual grants program of $150 million.