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San Diego developer Donald Cohn elected to Salk Board of Trustees

Donald Cohn

In April, longtime San Diego real estate developer and community builder Donald Cohn became the newest member of the Salk Institute Board of Trustees.

“Donald’s success as a businessman, philanthropist and community volunteer make him a vital asset to our board,” says chairman Irwin Jacobs. “We are greatly pleased to have him join our Board of Trustees.”

Cohn established his business career in San Diego in 1961. From then through 1979, he was active in the development of over 3,000 residential units, both as a builder and investor. In 1980, he founded DataQuick Information Systems, serving as CEO and managing its growth as it became the largest real estate information provider in the United States; it was sold to Acxiom Corporation in 1995. Subsequently, he was founder and CEO of DTS Communications until its sale to a New York Stock Exchange firm in 1997. Since that time, he has been an investor in other business ventures and continues to manage his real estate portfolio.

Cohn is a past chair of the Old Globe Theatre and director of the Plaza de Panama Committee (Balboa Park project). In 2006, he and his wife, Karen, gave $5 million to the Old Globe to establish the Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center, the theater’s first dedicated space for education and outreach programs.

The Cohns have also supported the San Diego Opera; San Diego Symphony; The Bishop’s School; University of California, San Diego; University of San Diego; and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.