• About:

      John Cochran serves as Deputy Director of the Executive Division for the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA). He previously served as the agency’s Assistant Director for Intergovernmental Affairs and Strategic Planning. Since joining NYSOFA in 2008, John has worked on a wide variety of aging issues, including community empowerment, civic engagement, long-term care reform, and caregiver supports, among many others. From 1998 to 2008, John worked for government relations firm Malkin and Ross, where he specialized in representing not-for-profit clients with interests in the aging field, including the New York State Adult Day Service Association, New York State Coalition of Alzheimer’s Association Chapters, Atlantic Philanthropies, New York Academy of Medicine, Federation of Protestant Welfare Association, and the Coalition for the Homeless, as well as other provider groups and interests. John Cochran started his career in New York State government in 1986 working for Assemblyman James Tallon (D. Binghamton) in his district, and then in Albany, when he served as Chair of the Assembly Health Committee and Assembly Majority Leader until 1992. From 1992 to 1998, John worked for the Speaker of the New York State Assembly as Director of the Assembly’s Committee for the Aging. During his tenure as Committee Director, he developed a keen understanding of the intricacies of the long-term care system and the field of aging, as well as the complexities of the human services network.