Brandon Blache-CohenBrandon Blache-Cohen, Executive Director of Amizade, was named one of “Pittsburgh’s 40 under 40” in 2012 and a “Rising Education Leader” in 2017. Brandon has nearly 20 years of experience in the nonprofit, service-learning, and international education sectors. In his role at Amizade, Brandon has organized over 700 global service-learning programs, overseeing life-changing global experiences for around 11,000 students, and spearheading sector-changing innovations like The Global Switchboard and the concept of Fair Trade Learning.

In addition to his work with Amizade, Blache-Cohen was a US delegate to the One Young World Summit in Zurich, Switzerland in 2011, has published several articles on responsible global service-learning in peer-reviewed journals, has sat on a planning committee for the Pittsburgh Holocaust Center, and was the President of the Pennsylvania Council on International Education (PACIE).