D.C. Councilmembers


David Grosso

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

Key Staff

Dionne Calhoun

Chief of Staff

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Christina Henderson

Deputy Chief of Staff

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James Banks

Director of Special Projects

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Anne Robinson

Legislative Assistant



Darby Hickey

Administrative Assistant/Scheduler



Katrina Forrest

Legislative Assistant

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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 continuing the school reform efforts, improving health outcomes throughout the city, addressing inequities within the criminal justice system, and enhancing job opportunities by supporting a robust successful workforce development and public higher education system. David has also focused on sweeping ethics reform, transparency and open government, 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. 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.

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. While in Texas, David met his wife 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.

Work Experience and Qualifications

From 2001 to 2007, David worked in the Office of Councilmember Sharon Ambrose of Ward 6.  Among other positions he served as committee clerk for the Committee on Economic Development where he worked to help create the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation.

David served as chief counsel to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton in 2007 and 2008. He advised her on policy related to her work on three House committees. In addition to working on other important 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 was instrumental in developing the company’s positions and policies at the local, state and federal levels. During his time at CareFirst, David provided in depth analysis of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act and advised the organization on its implementation.

On October 18, 2012 the Washington Post editorial board endorsed David for At-Large Councilmember stating that 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.

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