David S. Cohen

Fun Fact: If you could compete in any Olympic sport, which would you choose?
Ice Hockey


David joined Doc Wayne in August 2011 as the organization’s first CEO. He is responsible for managing and overseeing Doc Wayne operations while exploring ways to broaden the organization’s reach. He has over 25 years of experience in the business and non-profit sectors – specializing in building partner relationships, while sharpening organizational outreach. David is a former college soccer player and has been involved in sports-based youth development since 2008. He is also the founder of Playing It Forward, Inc., a non-profit which provides sports equipment to thousands of disadvantaged children around the world. Under David’s leadership, Doc Wayne has gained international recognition including the Beyond Sport’s global Sports for Health Award. In 2019, Doc Wayne was selected as the Massachusetts Children’s Behavioral Health Innovation Award Winner. Co-funded by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, the C.F. Adams Charitable Trust, and the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health (MAMH), the CBH Innovation Award is awarded to a non-profit organization in recognition of its effort to fill an unmet need or gap in the children’s behavioral health care delivery system through the creation of an innovative program or practice.

In 2015, Doc Wayne was named the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award winner as an Influential Leader and Model for Others Making Communities Healthier Through Sport. In 2014, he was selected as a Social Innovator by the Social Innovation Forum in the category of Breaking Down Barriers to Effective Mental Health Services. The organization was also selected as the 2014 Innovator of the Year for the Massachusetts Providers’ Council. In 2015, he was selected as a Carmax ‘Bright Side of Game Day’ Community Hero, and in 2012 and 2018, he was the Major League Soccer (MLS W.O.R.K.S.) New England Community MVP. David earned his B.S. from Babson College and his MBA from the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley University.