Dr. Cohn-Vargas began her career in early childhood education in Sonoma County, California. She lived abroad for five years where she did earthquake relief at a hospital in the Guatemalan Highlands and produced educational films for the Nicaraguan Ministry of Education. She returned to California and worked as a bilingual teacher, principal, curriculum director and superintendent in the San Francisco Bay Area. She also served as an adjunct professor at University of San Diego, Mills College and Cal State University, East. Bay. In each setting, she focused on educational equity and effective strategies for diverse populations. Dr. Cohn-Vargas and her husband own a rain forest preserve in southern Nicaragua where they do environmental education for local students and international student groups. They live in the SF Bay Area and have three adult children and one grandchild.