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About David

I believe that leading starts with listening. As a father of two, and a resident of San Jose for over 20 years, I am dedicated to protecting the community we call home while creating opportunities that move our families forward.

For the last 13 years on the Berryessa School Board, I focused on building strong relationships with local families, teachers and staff, and students, and, together, finding ways to make our schools stronger and create opportunity for every student. We stood up to

  • Protect class sizes
  • Preserve music and science programs
  • Retain middle school counselors and add social workers at each school site
  • Start dual-immersion programs in Mandarin and Spanish
  • Move our schools to solar energy
  • Secure additional dollars for our local schools through leadership on Measures W, K, and L.

At the city level, I served as a member of the San Jose Library Commission, and was honored to Chair the commission for the final two years. Throughout this experience, I worked to be a voice for our local libraries and successfully led the passage of Measure S that renewed vital funding to our local libraries.

As San Jose continues to face unprecedented change, I am stepping up to run for San Jose City Council and bring our voice to the table. Together, we can produce real results to the issues that matter most, including housing and homelessness, safe and clean neighborhoods, sustainable development, and smart transportation solutions. Will you join me? 


Listening. Working. DELIVERING FOR SAN JOSE.

David and his wife have lived in the Berryessa neighborhood for over 20 years with their two children, who have attended Berryessa schools. David earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and received his PHD from UC Berkeley. Today, David works as an engineer in Silicon Valley.


David Cohen for San Jose City Council District 4 2020; FPPC# 1417753
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