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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 24

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Marc Berman

Democratic
Councilmember/Education Advocate
92,419 votes (54.4%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Improve public education and better prepare students for careers in the 21st century economy.
  • Rebuild California's crumbling infrastructure and prepare for future needs.
  • Continue California's environmental leadership and combat the effects of climate change.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Palo Alto City Councilmember and Education Advocate
Councilmember, Palo Alto City Council — Elected position (2012–current)
Development Director, Silicon Valley Education Foundation (2014–2015)
Of Counsel, Merino Yebri, LLP (2012–2014)
Independent Monitoring Committee, Clean Safe Creeks and Natural Flood, Santa Clara Valley Water District — Elected position (2010–2013)
Commissioner, Palo Alto Infrastructure Blue Ribbon Commission — Appointed position (2010–2012)
Attorney, Latham & Watkins (2008–2011)

Education

University of Southern California Law School Juris Doctor, Law (2008)
Georgetown University Bachelor of Arts, Political Science (2002)

Community Activities

Political Partner, Truman National Security Project (2013–current)
Advisory Board Member, Silicon Valley Chapter, The New Leaders Council (2010–2013)
President, Peninsula Democratic Coalition (2012–2013)

Biography

Marc Berman is a council member for the City of Palo Alto. A lawyer by training, Marc is the Development Director at the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, a non-profit focused on STEM education and closing the achievement gap in public schools in Silicon Valley. 

Marc has been a leader on the City Council on issues such as infrastructure improvements and financial transparency. A member of Palo Alto’s Infrastructure Committee, Marc served on the campaign committee for Measure B, a ballot measure that passed with over 76% of the vote in 2014 to help fund public safety, street, sidewalk, and park improvements. This was the culmination of five years of work that Marc spent on infrastructure improvements, beginning with his appointment to Palo Alto’s Infrastructure Blue Ribbon Commission (IBRC) in 2010.

As chair of the Finance Committee, Marc worked with the Office of Management and Budget to create the Budget in Brief. Rather than expect residents to sort through 800+ pages of budget documents, the Budget in Brief provides the public with an easy to understand 7-page overview of Palo Alto’s $470 million budget, increasing transparency and public awareness of how their money is spent. 

Driven by his passion for service and for the area where he grew up, Marc has become a leader in numerous regional civic organizations, including serving as president of the Peninsula Democratic Coalition. Marc is also a founding member of the Advisory Board of New Leaders Council – Silicon Valley, a non-partisan, non-profit organization that trains civic-minded young professionals in how to create positive change in our community. In 2010, wanting to give back to the schools he attended, Marc volunteered on the Measure A campaign committee to raise funds to provide additional resources and opportunities to students in Palo Alto's public schools.

Marc began his public service in Palo Alto, working in Congresswoman Anna Eshoo’s District Office after his freshman year in college. Marc got his first taste of campaigning the following summer when, as an intern for Congressman Mike Honda’s campaign, he often spoke to students at local high schools about the benefits of community involvement and encouraged the students to get involved themselves.

Marc graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Political Science. While in college, Marc served as a summer analyst in the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department. Marc went on to graduate from law school at the University of Southern California, where he was elected president of the Student Bar Association and served for two years on the Southern California Law Review.

Prior to his work in the non-profit sector, Marc was an attorney with Latham & Watkins LLP and Merino Yebri, LLP. Marc has successfully represented pro bono clients seeking protection under the Violence Against Women Act, asylum in the United States due to political persecution in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and has served as pro bono counsel to Spark, a national youth development non-profit.

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Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $925,110

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Employees of BERMAN, MARC
$116,600
2
California Association of Realtors
$17,000
3
Employees of Sutter Hill Ventures
$16,300
4
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council
$15,000
5
California State Council of Laborers
$12,750

More information about contributions

By State:

California 95.98%
New York 0.72%
Oregon 0.62%
Connecticut 0.57%
Other 2.10%
95.98%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.40%)
Small contributions (0.60%)
99.40%

By Type:

From organizations (39.58%)
From individuals (60.42%)
39.58%60.42%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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— October 28, 2016 Marc Berman for Assembly 2016
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