Biography

 

Marc Berman was first elected to the California State Assembly in November 2016 to represent the 24th District, which includes southern San Mateo County and northern Santa Clara County in the heart of Silicon Valley.

In the Assembly, Marc serves as chair of the Committee on Elections and Redistricting, where he has become a leading voice on protecting voters from deceptive elections practices, making election information more accessible to voters, and improving election cybersecurity and campaign finance disclosure. In addition, Marc is one of only two members to chair two select committees. The Select Committee on the Master Plan for Higher Education in California is taking a methodical review of the 1960 Master Plan to ensure that California’s higher education system works for students in the 21st century economy. The Select Committee on the Census leads the Assembly’s efforts in preparing California for the 2020 Census, which is used to determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives as well as distribute tens of billions of dollars to state and local governments. Marc also serves on the following Assembly Standing Committees: Governmental Organization; Insurance; Privacy and Consumer Protection; and Transportation.

In his first three years in the Assembly, Marc has had one of the highest rates of success in the Legislature, authoring legislation related to a number of issues, including elections, the 2020 Census, education, youth mental health, sexual assault, firearm safety, deepfakes, housing, and the environment. Marc has sent 47 bills to the Governor in his first three years in office.  

Marc served on the Palo Alto City Council prior to being elected to the Assembly, where he was a leader on issues such as infrastructure improvements and financial transparency. While serving on the Palo Alto City Council, Marc worked for the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, a non-profit focused on increasing access to high quality STEM education and closing the achievement gap in Silicon Valley public schools.

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

Marc was born in Dallas, Texas, and raised in Palo Alto, where he graduated from Palo Alto High School. He earned a degree in Political Science from Georgetown University. While in college, Marc began his public service in Palo Alto, working in Congresswoman Anna Eshoo’s District Office. He also 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.