Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio serves Hamilton, Butler, Warren, Clermont, Montgomery, Green, Preble, Miami and Darke in Ohio; Boone, Kenton and Campbell in Kentucky.
“Eddie’s business acumen, his passion for education, equity and criminal justice reform along with key skills in conflict resolution, donor relations and understanding of grassroots strategies made him an ideal fit for our organization,” said Alandes Powell, chairwoman of the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio board of directors, in a statement.
Koen was most recently chief impact officer for United Way of Denver.
The Urban League said Koen is a Chicago native with roots in Alabama. He was formerly a managing partner for SeedIM Ventures, a private equity firm based in Washington, D.C. that focuses on crowd investments, acquires and advises firms that are either managed by or benefit underserved populations. He was also the chief of staff for Denver Public Schools, a state policy advisor for HCM Strategists, and the founding regional executive director for Denver-based College Track, a multi-state non-profit organization that removes barriers that prevent underrepresented students from earning college degrees.
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His extensive community work includes being a past member of the board of governors of the National Bar Association and board of directors for Urban League of Metro Denver.
Koen has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a bachelor of science from the University of Alabama and a juris doctor of law from Samford University, Cumberland School of Law.