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Mariko Bennett

Founder and president

After a successful career spanning nearly two decades, Mariko was ready for a new challenge.  She transitioned her career as a corporate political affairs leader in Washington, D.C. for Fortune 500 companies and built her next career from the ground up. 

As founder and president of COCO B. an innovative enterprise curating exclusive C-suite solutions, her unique portfolio of services includes Leadership Coaching & Training, Enterprise Fundraising, and Event Innovation & Production Management.  Mariko lives to empower others. From leadership development workshops and strategy sessions to curated lifestyle experiences and networking events, Mariko excels at delivering tailored solutions for the diverse needs of the corporate, government, and nonprofit sectors.  Her client work includes:

  • Organizing Walgreens’ 2018 RxIMPACT Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill with their CEO of North America, Global COO, and over 80 senior leaders from across the United States.

  • Activating and Executing receptions and social experiences during the Congressional Black Caucus’ 47th Annual Legislative Conference, for corporate partners such as Revlon, Walgreens, PepsiCo, Mars, the American Dental Association, Johnson & Johnson, Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America, Elizabeth Arden, PhRMA, Personal Care Products, Disney, Samsung, Otsuka, Charter Communications, and the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women.

  • Leadership coaching, training and development services for Entrepreneurs' Organization, Walgreens, First Bank of DC, Prince George's African American Museum & Cultural Center, and The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc.  


More recently, Mariko was hand-selected to establish the Washington Heads of Office, a group of approximately 30 African-American executives who oversee state, federal, and global affairs for Fortune 5, 50, 100, and 500 organizations such as Microsoft, Apple, Viacom, NFL, AARP, Waymo, Aflac, Otsuka, News Corp, the American Health Care Association, and others. In this role, Mariko serves as the Founding Executive Director, leading the strategic vision, programmatic planning, and membership engagement for the organization. 

While representing Fortune 500 companies, Mariko has managed political action committees, led communications and outreach initiatives, directed advocacy programs, and developed effective inclusion and diversity engagement strategies. Through these experiences, she has mastered critical skills, including large-scale event planning, national and international strategic partnership development, coalition building, stakeholder engagement, and relationship management.  


In the wake of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, Mariko led a bipartisan Congressional delegation along with both corporate and social action organizations to visit impacted areas and discuss how best to work together to deliver funding and resources to the people of Flint.  It is a guiding principle to Mariko in her daily life that she is an active servant locally, nationally, and globally.