David L. Cohen

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David L. Cohen
David L. Cohen Comcast Internet Essentials Program.jpg
ResidencePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma materSwarthmore College
University of Pennsylvania
OccupationExecutive Vice President of Comcast[1]
SalaryUS$13.8 million (2016)[2]
Children2 children

David L. Cohen is an American businessman, attorney, and political figure in Pennsylvania. He is best known for being a close confidant of former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell. He currently serves as chairman of the board of trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, and he is the executive vice president of Comcast;[3] the company's chief of lobbying.[4]


Born to a Jewish family,[5] Cohen graduated from Swarthmore College in 1977, where he triple majored in political science, history and economics,[6] and in 1981 he graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School,[7] where reputedly he went by the nickname "Chief Justice Cohen," because of his legal intellect and work ethics.[6] He served as Chief of Staff to Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell from January 1992 to April 1997.[7] He also was a partner in Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll.[7] In July 2002, he became Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation, dealing with corporate communications, government affairs, public affairs, corporate administration, and serving as senior counselor to the CEO.[7][8][9]

The Pennsylvania Report named him to the 2003 "The Pennsylvania Report Power 75" list of influential figures in Pennsylvania politics, noting that "No one–in or out of government–is closer to Ed Rendell than Cohen. No major policy decision, personnel, political or other decision will be made without his imprimatur or veto."[10] In 2009, the Pennsylvania Report named him to "The Pennsylvania Report 100" list of influential figures in Pennsylvania politics, and called him "one Philadelphian that all statewide Dems should know."[11] He was named to the PoliticsPA "Power 50" list of politically influential individuals in 2002 and 2003.[12][13] In 2010, Politics Magazine named him one of the "Top 10 Democrats" in Pennsylvania.[14] In April 2014, "Philadelphia" magazine listed him as the third most powerful person (out of 30) in Philadelphia and the Number One 'Connector' [defined as those whose 'influence knows no limits' ] in its 75 Most Influential People Right Now list.

In February 2013, Cohen endorsed sitting Republican Governor Tom Corbett for the Governor's potential re-election bid.[15]


  1. ^ http://www.cmcsa.com/management.cfm
  2. ^ https://www1.salary.com/David-L-Cohen-Salary-Bonus-Stock-Options-for-COMCAST-CORP.html
  4. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/david-cohen-chief-dealmaker-in-washington-is-comcasts-secret-weapon/2012/10/29/151e055e-080a-11e2-858a-5311df86ab04_story.html
  5. ^ Jewish Exponent: "David L. Cohen: He's Someone Genetically Hardwired to Lead Federation" by Lynn B. Edelman February 14, 2008
  6. ^ a b http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2011-05-05/interviews/qa-david-l-cohen
  7. ^ a b c d "David L. Cohen". Comcast.
  8. ^ Salomon, Miranda (Spring 2002). "Almost Famous". Penn Law Journal. Archived from the original on 2010-07-30.
  9. ^ "David L. Cohen: Executive Profile & Biography". businessweek.com.
  10. ^ "The PA Report "Power 75" List" (PDF). Pennsylvania Report. Capital Growth, Inc. January 31, 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-09-20.
  11. ^ "PA Report 100" (PDF). Pennsylvania Report. Capital Growth, Inc. January 23, 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-08-14.
  12. ^ "Sy Snyder's Power 50". PoliticsPA. The Publius Group. 2002. Archived from the original on 2002-04-21.
  13. ^ "Power 50". PoliticsPA. The Publius Group. 2003. Archived from the original on 2004-04-17.
  14. ^ Roarty, Alex; Sean Coit (January 2010). "Pennsylvania Influencers" (PDF). Politics Magazine. pp. 44–49. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-02-08.
  15. ^ Worden, Amy (19 February 2013). "Democrat David L. Cohen of Comcast to back GOP's Corbett". Philly.com.

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