Advocate Award Recipient
Thurgood Marshall Academy Advocate Award recognizes individuals who work tirelessly on behalf of the city’s youth to fight for their rights and in support of education equity.
David Grosso, Councilmember At-Large
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 first two years 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 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.
David 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, and 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.
For 15 years, Thurgood Marshall Academy has remained true to its mission -- to prepare students to succeed in college and to actively engage in our democratic society. This year’s Shining Star Gala, set to celebrate our 15th anniversary, will honor founders, family, and friends who have made a life-changing impact on our students’ futures.
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