D.C. Councilmembers


Councilmember David Grosso

David Grosso promises to bring transparency, ethics and education reform to the D.C. Council.

Term: Jan. 2, 2017 - Jan. 2, 2021

Time on Council: 2013 to present

Political Affiliation: Independent

Office: 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 402, Washington, DC 20004

Tel: (202) 724-8105 | Fax: (202) 724-8071

Chair of: Committee on Education

Key Staff

Tony Goodman

Chief of Staff



Matt Nocella

Communications Director



Katrina Forrest

Legislative Director

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Juan Thompson

Constituent Service Director

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Mike Shaffer

Senior Policy Advisor



Jessica Giles

Legislative Assistant



Heather Edelman

Office Manager/Scheduler




David Grosso is chairperson of the Committee on Education of the Council of the District of Columbia. David was elected to the D.C. Council as an at-large member in November 2012 to represent residents in all eight wards. During his time in office, David has 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 will be 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.

Personal Background

David Grosso is a native Washingtonian. He earned a philosophy degree from Earlham College and a law degree from Georgetown University. 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.

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, and many other local groups. David and Serra deliver meals for Food and Friends every year on December 25th.