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Consensus Organizing Center
Staff Members



Jennifer Cosio, MSW, PPSC

Executive Director
(619) 594-3870

Jennifer Cosio earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work, with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential, at San Diego State University (SDSU). During her final year of undergraduate school Jennifer applied to the Price Community Builder Program and was selected. This competitive program provided the opportunity to gain hands-on administrative social work experience in the City Heights community and a generous scholarship for graduate school at SDSU. Upon her MSW graduation in 2008, Jennifer was hired at the Consensus Organizing Center to manage Rise Up. A few years later, she was promoted to Senior Program Manager where she managed all the higher education programs, which include the Rise Up and the Step Up Program. Jennifer was also the lead organizer and has trained numerous community members in Consensus Organizing. In addition, she has raised over half a million dollars in grant money for the Consensus Organizing Center’s operation and program support. In July 2015, Jennifer became the third Executive Director in the Consensus Organizing Center’s history. Jennifer is also a lecturer and field faculty in the School of Social Work at SDSU.


Jessica Robinson, MSW

Consultant and Trainer, Consensus Organizing Center
Jessica Robinson was trained in Consensus Organizing by Michael Eichler, creator of the model, and chosen by him to spearhead the work of his organizing center when he stepped down from his role as Executive Director in 2012. Mrs. Robinson has more than 14 years of experience in administration, program development, and grant writing for programs involving at-risk and underserved populations. Mrs. Robinson was also a lecturer, the Undergraduate Curriculum Coordinator and Student Advisor in the School of Social Work at SDSU for several years before becoming the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in the College of Health and Human Services. Currently, Jessica is still connected to the COC as a consultant and trainer. In addition to her work at SDSU, Jessica is a lecturer at the University of San Diego’s Nonprofit Leadership and Management Masters Program. A San Diego native, Jessica earned both her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Master’s in Administrative Social Work from San Diego State University. Currently, Jessica is pursuing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership at SDSU.


Drew Lautemann, JD, LLM

Program Advisor & Legal Services Liaison
(619) 204-4678

Drew Lautemann received his Juris Doctor degree from California Western School of Law in 2009 and his Master of Laws degree from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2010. A native of Woodson, Illinois, Drew moved to San Diego to study law after his undergraduate studies at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. As a Program Manager with the Consensus Organizing Center from 2009-2014, Drew created Legal Path and A.I.M. for Law, two programs to educate first-generation and inner-city students about the legal profession and motivate them to pursue careers in the law. In June 2014, Drew became the Pro Bono & Public Service Coordinator at California Western School of Law, but he remains connected with the COC through his work with A.I.M. for Law and teaching the course Community Organizing & Problem Solving at SDSU.


Donna Maria Daly, EdD

Emeritus Faculty Member

Dr. Daly is an Emeritus Faculty member with SDSU School of Social Work. She works part-time on special projects and is an instructor for the Step-Up Program. Prior to that, she was Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in the College of Health and Human Services at SDSU. Previously, she taught undergraduate courses at the School of Social Work at SDSU. Her background also includes 26 years of experience in public sector social work and management positions. Her current research interests include student affairs leadership, service learning and educational outcomes for foster youth.

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