Former Executive Vice President
David L. Cohen is Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation, where he has a broad portfolio of responsibilities, including corporate communications, government affairs, public affairs, corporate administration, and serving as senior counselor to the CEO. Before assuming this position in July of 2002, Mr. Cohen served as a partner in and Chairman of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, one of the 100 largest law firms in the country.
A native of New York, Mr. Cohen graduated from Swarthmore College in 1977 with a BA and with a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (summa cum laude) in 1981. From January 1992 to April 1997, Mr. Cohen served as Chief of Staff to the Honorable Edward G. Rendell, the Mayor of the City of Philadelphia. As detailed in the book A Prayer for the City, written by Pulitzer Prize winning author Buzz Bissinger, Mr. Cohen played a critical coordinating role in significant budgetary and financial issues, in economic development activities, in collective bargaining negotiations, and in a wide variety of other policy and operational issues relating to the city.
Mr. Cohen serves as a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of the Chamber's CEO Council for Growth. Mr. Cohen also is Chair of the Trustee Board and the Executive Committee of Penn Medicine (an umbrella governance structure overseeing both the University of Pennsylvania Health System and the University's School of Medicine) and a Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania and a member of its Executive Committee. Mr. Cohen also serves as a national trustee of City Year and is Chair of the Governance Committee, and serves as a member of the Executive, Development and Brand Task Force Committees. Mr. Cohen is a former Chairman of the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, former Co-Chair of the 2003 Resource Development Campaign for the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and former Chair of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Mr. Cohen has received numerous awards for his civic and charitable activities, including the Americanism Award of the Anti-Defamation League (1993), the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations Clarence Farmer Service Award (1997), the Community Legal Services Champions Award (1997), the Philadelphia Bar Medal (1997), the Variety Club Gold Heart Humanitarian Award (1998), the Philadelphia Hospitality Vision for Philadelphia Award (1999), the American Red Cross Citizen of the Year Award (1999), the Police Athletic League Award (2001), the United Way's Citizen Volunteer of the Year Award (2002), and the City Year Philadelphia Lifetime of Idealism Award (2004). Mr. Cohen also was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Drexel University in June of 1997; the American Red Cross Celebration of Volunteers Award (June 2006); the Association of Cable Communicators President's Award (2007).
Mr. Cohen lives in Philadelphia with his wife and their two sons.