AN EXPERIENCED LEADER
David Cohen has led a life of public service, championing those who don't have a voice and always focusing on bringing communities together, wherever he goes.
For the past two decades, David has called District 4 his home where he has been blessed to raise a family and does what he loves - make the community a better place for all. For the past 14 years, he has served on the Berryessa Union School District Board as an elected trustee, where he focuses on building strong relationships with local families, teachers, staff and students.
With his leadership on the board, he helped the district weather a protracted recession and positioned the district to take advantage of an improving economy. Now with the pandemic, he has kept his focus on making sure all students are served through distance learning and have access to the technology, mental health services, and educational resources they need to be successful.
His focus on the board was making sure the District provided the best opportunities for students of all backgrounds to succeed. He led numerous programs and policies that have made the Berryessa Union School District one of the best K-8 school districts in the Bay Area.
David learned much of his public service values from his parents. His parents didn’t grow up with much, but did their best to provide for their family and showed David success and opportunity could be found through education.
David earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his Ph.D from U.C Berkeley. David works as an engineer in high tech, where he has managed a global R&D group, and continues to serve on the school board while attending local neighborhood association meetings (i.e – Berryessa Citizens Advisory Council, etc) to always keep up to date with what’s going on and making sure residents voices are heard.
David lives with his wife and their two kids, both products of the Berryessa schools. They share their home with 2 dogs and 2 cats. He enjoys watching baseball and practicing his photography and most of all, attending his kids' sporting events, cheering them on embarrassingly (for them) in the bleachers.
Just a few of his accomplishments on the board:
Started Dual-Immersion Programs in Mandarin and Spanish
Protected Classroom Sizes
Preserved Music and Science Programs
Retained Counselors and Ensured Social Workers were added at each school site
Moved the Schools to Solar Energy
Secured additional dollars for the local schools through leadership on numerous measures
Besides the board, David has also served on the San Jose Library Commission, where he led as Chair for two years. He worked tirelessly to be a voice for local libraries and helped lead the passage of funds to ensure our local libraries stay open for the community.