David Grosso promises to bring transparency, ethics and education reform to the D.C. Council.
Term: Jan. 2, 2013 - Jan. 2, 2017
Political Affiliation: Independent
Office: 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 406, Washington, DC 20004
Tel: (202) 724-8105 | Fax: (202) 724-8071
David Grosso was elected to the Council of the District of Columbia as an at-large councilmember on November 6, 2012, to represent residents in all eight wards. David brings a wealth of experience having worked with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and former Councilmember Sharon Ambrose, in addition to his experience in the private sector. As a councilmember, David is committed to working to reform city budgets and ethics, to continue the school reform efforts and to spread smart economic development that creates jobs and careers.
From 2001 to 2006, David worked in the Office of Councilmember Sharon Ambrose of Ward 6. He served as committee clerk for the Committee on Economic Development, where he successfully drafted and secured passage of key legislation to ensure the return of Major League Baseball to the District and creation of the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation. He also provided staffing to the Committee on Consumer Regulatory Affairs and served as legislative assistant to councilmember Ambrose.
David served as Legislative Director to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton in 2006 and 2007. He advised her on policy related to her three House committees: Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Committee on Homeland Security, and Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, in addition to working on other matters of interest to the District. David led the Congresswoman’s effort to pass the D.C. Voting Rights Act, securing passage in the House, only to come up three votes short in the full Senate. During David’s tenure, Norton secured a top 20 “most influential” ranking according to Power Rankings, the organization that ranks all 440 Members of the House of Representatives.
Prior to taking office, David was vice president of public policy at CareFirst BlueCross/ BlueShield. He provided oversight of CareFirst’s public policy development process and was instrumental in developing the company’s positions and policy options at the local, state and federal levels. During his four years at CareFirst, David provided in depth analysis of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act and advised the organization on its implementation.
On October 18th, the Washington Post editorial board endorsed David for at-large councilmember stating, “…[David] understands the issues important to the city and knows how government should work. …[His] experience in running the council’s economic development committee for Ms. Ambrose gives him insights into affordable housing and job training.” David also earned the endorsements of the Current Newspapers, The City Paper, The Examiner, Sierra Club, DC Chapter of the National Organization for Women, DC for Democracy, DC Urban Moms and Dads, and Greater Greater Washington.
David Grosso is a native Washingtonian. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Earlham College and holds a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University. David is a member of the D.C. Bar and sits on the board of directors of Planned Parenthood Metropolitan Washington. He is a member of the Sierra Club, the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, NARAL ProChoice America and the ACLU.
Before attending college, David volunteered helping refugees from El Salvador living in Honduras. He also spent a year as a full-time volunteer building a transitional housing program for homeless women in San Antonio, Texas, where he met his wife, Serra Sippel, also a native Washingtonian and president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity. David and Serra live in the Brookland neighborhood of Ward 5 with their dog Frida. They are both members of the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association.
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