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Biography

David Grosso is chairperson of the Committee on Education of the Council of the District of Columbia. David was first elected to the D.C. Council as an at-large member in November 2012 to represent residents in all eight wards. During his first term in office, David focused on many issues with one main goal always at the forefront of his mind: making D.C. a better city. Central to that goal is education. A high quality public education system and an innovative public library system help residents gain fruitful employment, attract newcomers, and make the city appealing to businesses. Under David’s leadership, the Committee on Education’s work is collaborative and forward thinking. From early childhood education to adult learning, David is committed to the well-being of students, ensuring that they are in the best position to succeed.

In addition to his focus on education, David is committed to addressing inequities within the criminal justice system, improving health outcomes throughout the city, promoting transparency and open government, strengthening the creative economy, and further engaging residents in the political process.

In addition to Education, David serves on the Council's Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety, Committee on Health, and Commitee on Human Services.

Personal Background

David Grosso was born in the District of Columbia, spent his early childhood on a farm in Northern Virginia, and his teenage years in Petworth. He earned a philosophy degree from Earlham College and a law degree from Georgetown University. Prior to attending college, David volunteered helping Salvadoran refugees living in Honduras. He also spent a year as a full-time volunteer with the Brethren Volunteer Service building a transitional housing program for homeless women and children in San Antonio, Texas. David’s commitment to community service continues in D.C. where he has volunteered with Bread for the City, Miriam’s Kitchen, the Farm at Walker Jones, Food and Friends, and many other local groups.

From 2001 to 2007, David worked in the Office of Councilmember Sharon Ambrose of Ward 6. David also served as chief counsel to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton in 2007 and 2008. David is a current member of the D.C. Bar and previously served on the board of directors of Planned Parenthood Metropolitan Washington. He is a member of the Sierra Club, NARAL, ProChoice America and the ACLU. David is married to Serra Sippel who is 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 dogs Frida and Diego.