Martha Cohen has lived in Fort Lee for over 20 years. She is a veteran in the field of television, beginning her prime time career with the first two seasons of the groundbreaking The Cosby Show. Prior to accepting her current position as Director of Communications for a new start-up organization, she oversaw all creative and production elements for numerous series as an Executive Producer for Discovery Communications for the Animal Planet and Discovery Kids brands. Cohen garnered multiple Emmy nominations in addition to being honored with numerous Parent's Choice, New York Film Festival and various other awards for series as varied as Scout's Safari, Trading Places: Boys vs. Girls and Monsters Inside Me, which became one of the top three rated 2009 series for Animal Planet and is currently in its third season.
In addition to ratings success, her series' have earned critical acclaim being reviewed by such varied publications as the New York Times and New York Post to TV Guide. Series such as Orangutan Island raised awareness of the plight of orangutans and translated into raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rescue and Rehabilitation Center dedicated to their survival. Before Discovery, she worked for and/or provided content for various outlets including Disney, Nickelodeon, the WB and Noggin. While serving as Vice-President of Jumbo Pictures, she produced the twice Emmy nominated outstanding children's animated series 101 Dalmatians and the twice Cable Ace nominated Allegra's Window series which initiated the Nick Jr. bloc among other programming.
Martha is married to David Cohen and is mother to 14-year-old Harry, an incoming Fort Lee High School student. She is an active PTA member dating back to Harry's kindergarden year at School #1 and was a participant in the group developing the new Freshman Academy at FLHS. She is a member of the UJANNJ and JCRC boards, a Berrie Fellow and current Vice-Chair of Partnership 2000 in addition to other organizations she serves. The Cohens are members of Gesher Shalom, the JCC of Fort Lee, with Martha having served on the board and as Vice-President. In 2010, concerned about the future of Fort Lee, she agreed to become a candidate for Borough Council and received 44% of the vote even with the incumbent opposition outspending her 12 to 1. After much consideration, she is running again for Council. She is the proud daughter of the late Judith Ripp who served in the New York State Civil Defense Corps and with Hadassah; and the late Harold B. Ripp, a CPA and financial advisor, a former Democratic District leader and WWII veteran whose mission into Japan was put on hold three weeks before the bombing of Hiroshima.