HouseWorks co-founder and CEO Andrea Cohen is a social entrepreneur dedicated to transforming the way that care is delivered to seniors at home. Her vision for the business crystallized over 20 years ago when she took care of both her parents and became committed to making what she went through easier for families. In Boston over the last decade, Andrea and her team built the largest single site private home care company in the country.
Committed to a fundamental reimagining of what it means to age, HouseWorks has created a service experience that aging boomers want for their parents and for themselves. Andrea engages staff in every aspect of innovation, including support of the launch of Beacon Hill Village, participation in the Boston College Social Innovation Collaborative, and the creation of the first-in-the country Schwartz Center Rounds for the home care industry.
Andrea serves as an adjunct professor at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work teaching Leadership and Social Transformation. She was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and the Louis Lowy Award by the Massachusetts Gerontology Association. In recognition of her achievements as an entrepreneur, Andrea was selected as a Finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and was named a 2009 Pinnacle Award honoree by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Her business accomplishments have been highlighted in The New York Times, Entrepreneur Magazine, and the Boston Business Journal. She has been a featured presenter at professional and academic symposia speaking about business growth, leadership and understanding the needs and buying habits of aging baby boomers.
Andrea is the immediate past chair of the Board of the Caregiver Action Network, and sits on the Boards of The Commonwealth Institute, the Boston Medical Center Exceptional Care Without Exception Trust, the Leadership Council of the Schwartz Center, and the Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Board for Genentech USA. Andrea previously served on the Boards of the Massachusetts Home Care Alliance, the National Private Duty Association, and the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work Alumni. She also served on the development committee for Hebrew SeniorLife’s NewBridge on the Charles. Andrea is an advisor to several companies including Care.com, Confidant and Serality, all of which provide innovative, online solutions for family caregivers.
A tireless advocate, Andrea was selected as an at-large delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging where she helped influence national policies that will impact all seniors and family caregivers in the years ahead. She also organized the Boston Family Caregiver Town Hall Meeting (a PBS forum broadcast in 2004), and was a significant contributor to the Family Caregiver Handbook produced by the MIT Workplace Center in 2007. Andrea received her MSW from Boston College and completed her BA at Ithaca College in upstate New York.