David L. Cohen - is Senior Advisor to the CEO at Comcast Corporation. Effective January 1, 2020, David has announced a transition from his leadership role as Senior Executive Vice President where he led a broad portfolio of responsibilities that he helped to create and oversee since his arrival at the Company, including corporate communications, legal affairs, government and regulatory affairs, public affairs, corporate administration, corporate real estate and security, and community impact. David also served as the company’s first Chief Diversity Officer. Before coming to Comcast 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.
David serves as Chairman of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and its Executive Committee. He also serves as a member of the Trustee Board and the Executive Committee of Penn Medicine. In addition, David serves on both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Chamber’s CEO Council for Growth. He is also Chair of the Philadelphia Theatre Company, is a member of the United States Semiquincentennial Commission and a member of its Executive Committee, Honorary Chair of Campus Philly, a member of the Kimmel Center President’s Leadership Council, and is Chair of the 2026 FIFA World Cup Philadelphia Bid Committee. David also serves as Chair of the national board of City Year and its Executive Committee and Co-Chair of its Governance Committee. He also serves on the national board of the National Urban League and is Chair of its Audit Committee, and is Chair of the Corporate Advisory Board of UnidosUS. David is a member of the Board of Directors of FS Global Credit Opportunities Fund and serves as Chair of its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Additionally, David serves on the Board of Directors of the PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. and PNC Bank, National Association, and is a member of the Audit Committee, the Personnel and Compensation Committee, and the Special Committee on Equity and Inclusion.
Mr. Cohen has received numerous awards for his civic and charitable activities, including the Americanism Award of the Anti-Defamation League (1993), the American Red Cross Citizen of the Year Award (1999), the National Cable Television Association, Vanguard Award for Leadership and Impact in the Cable Industry (2005), the President's Volunteer Service Award (2007), the MS Society Hope Award (2007), the Drexel University Business Leader of the Year Award (2008), the National Urban League of Philadelphia Business Leader of the Year Award (2008), The William Way Community Center Amicus in Res Award (2009), the William Penn Award from the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (2012), Spirit of Asian American Award (2012), the Jewish National Fund Tree of Life Award (2012), the Minority Media Telecommunications Council Digital Equality Award (2013), and the Minority Corporate Counsel Lifetime Achievement Award (2017); the 4-H Brand Champion Award (2018), Kappa Alpha Psi’s “Distinguished Citizens Award” (2019), the American Horizon Award from the Media Institute (2020), and the President’s Award from the National Urban League (2020), and has consistently been named to Black Enterprise magazine’s list of top corporate diversity executives. Mr. Cohen also was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Drexel University in 1997; an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Rider University in 2010; an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Rowan University in 2017, and Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Rohrer College of Business in 2019.
David lives in Philadelphia with his wife.