Andrea Cohen is a social entrepreneur dedicated to transforming the way care is delivered to seniors at home. As HouseWorks Founder and CEO, her vision crystalized over 20 years ago when she took care of both her parents and made an unwavering commitment to redefine what it means to age. As its core purpose, HouseWorks takes an entrepreneurial approach to service delivery that returns a sense of control to adult children and their parents. This is how Andrea and her team built one of the largest, independent private home care companies in the country.
Over the past several years, supported by a dynamic management team and a Board invested in rapid but intentional growth, HouseWorks expanded its footprint into several new markets, launched a suite of specialized dementia services and introduced a technology platform that engages caregivers and provides real-time in-home data to clients and their families.
A visionary leader, Andrea is committed to leveraging her business accomplishments to create a powerful force for bringing about social change. She sits on the Board of The Commonwealth Institute, the Schwartz Center Leadership Council, and the Caregiver Action Network—the nation’s leading caregiver organization – and serves as an appointee to the Massachusetts Women Forum. Moreover, she acts as an advisor to HomesRenewed and has advised several companies including Care.com, Confidant and Serality—all which provide innovative, online solutions for family caregivers.
Andrea’s tireless advocacy and commitment to social change stems back to 2005, when, as an at-large delegate to the White House Conference on Aging, she influenced national policies that impact all seniors and family caregivers and organized the PBS sponsored Boston Family Caregiver Town Hall Meeting. Always thinking out-of-the box, Andrea is widely recognized for having conceptualized Schwartz Center Rounds ® for the home care industry, having played a strategic role in the launch of the Village Movement, and as an innovation partner to the StrideRITE corporation’s intergenerational on-site day care center.
In recognition of her achievements as an entrepreneur, Andrea was named a 2009 Pinnacle Award honoree by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and was selected as a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Additionally, she served as an adjunct professor at Boston College School of Social Work teaching Innovation and Leadership courses, was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by Boston College, and was the recipient of the Louis Lowy Award by the Massachusetts Gerontology Association.
Andrea received her MSW from Boston College and completed her BA at Ithaca College in upstate New York.