Biography

 

Marc Berman was elected to the California 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 was appointed to chair 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. He also chairs the Select Committee on the Master Plan for Higher Education in California, which 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. Most recently, Marc was appointed to chair the Select Committee on the Census and lead the Assembly 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 more than $675 billion of federal funding to state and local governments.

In his first term in the Assembly, Marc has authored legislation covering a diversity of issues, including climate change, education, housing, and mental health. In the 2017-18 legislative session, 31 of Marc’s bills were passed by the Legislature and sent to the Governor. 

Marc also serves on the following Assembly Standing Committees: Governmental Organization; Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy; Privacy and Consumer Protection; and Transportation.

A lawyer by training, Marc previously served on the Palo Alto City Council and as the Development Director at the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, a non-profit focused on STEM education and closing the achievement gap in Silicon Valley public schools.

As a member of the Palo Alto City Council, Marc was a leader on issues such as infrastructure improvements and financial transparency. As chair of the Council’s Finance Committee, Marc worked with the Office of Management and Budget to create the Budget in Brief, which allowed residents to review an easily understandable 7-page overview of Palo Alto’s $470 million, 800-page budget, increasing transparency and awareness of how public money is spent.

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.