Jennifer Cohan – CEO
Prior to joining Leadership Delaware, Jennifer Cohan led the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) under two Governors, where she led agency wide reforms and produced the largest capital program in the State’s history. Prior to her appointment as Secretary, Jennifer served as the Director of the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles as the first woman to do so. Her state public service career spanned more than 31 years.
Her previous work includes serving as the Financial/Program Manager at the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) managing the state’s Clean Water Program and working with the Delaware State Legislature within the Office of the Controller General. Jennifer graduated summa cum laude from Wilmington University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Master of Science in Public Administration and attended the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. She remains involved with Wilmington University as an adjunct professor teaching Leadership and Public Policy in the master’s program for over a decade. She has held an array of national and international leadership roles in Transportation, Leadership, Public Policy, and Motor Vehicle and Personal Identity Administration, always with a focus on customer service.
Beyond her professional duties, Jennifer is a board member of the Greater Dover Boys and Girls Club and State Board of Trustees, serves on the Delaware American Heart Association Board of Directors, and is a board member of the Hope Medical Clinic. In 2016, Jennifer was honored with the Kent Distinguished Citizen Award by the Del-Mar-VA Council of the Boy Scouts of America for her commitment to public service and is a 2021 inductee of the Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame.
Lora G. Matteis
After graduating from the University of Delaware with a BA in Communication and a Minor in Italian, where she was a 4-year varsity track & field athlete and captain in her senior year, Lora began her public relations experience as an intern with a marketing firm in Wilmington. She then interned with the University of Delaware in Sports Marketing and Operations. Lora worked at Discover Card Bank for six years in the New Accounts and Credit Card Disputes departments, leading a team of 15 associates, and then spent eight years at Archmere Academy as the Assistant Director of Institutional Advancement (Communications/Publications Manager). While at Archmere, Lora was a member of a three-person team focusing on publications (school directories, annual report, invitations, press releases, school magazine), public relations and fundraising. She worked with the school’s Alumni Council, Fathers’ Club and Mothers’ Guild, organizing and supporting alumni/school events. Now, as Program Director and Executive Assistant to Jennifer Cohan, CEO of Leadership Delaware, Lora plays a key role in planning and executing the Leadership Delaware program. She recently served as Program Assistant of DYLN (Delaware Youth Leadership Network), a high school leadership organization. A native of New Jersey, Lora is proud to call Delaware her home.
Director of Development & Communications
After graduating from the University of Delaware with a BS in Human Resources, Greg has spent his professional career in the nonprofit field. He started his journey as an Executive Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Salem County, NJ. During the past 23 years, he has had the opportunity to work for some of the area’s premiere nonprofits including Junior Achievement of Delaware and Junior Achievement of Delaware Valley, Claymont Community Center, Delaware Humane Association Family Promise of Northern New Castle County, and Lutheran Community Services.
Through these incredible organizations, he has been able to help thousands of children, adults, and homeless cats/dogs, either with direct service and/or through donors and various fundraisers. Greg is thrilled to be part of the LDI Family! He is looking forward to meeting more of the Fellows and Speakers, while helping to raise awareness and support for LDI.
Greg and his wife, Mandy, have been married for more than 20 years, and have a daughter named Hope. They enjoy camping, going to movies, eating out, riding bikes, swimming, and having fun with family and friends.