Zeke Cohen

City Council Member (1st District), City of Baltimore
Zeke Cohen

In Maryland, Zeke Cohen has represented the 1st District on the Baltimore City Council since 2016.

Cohen grew up in Northampton, Massachusetts, the son of a social worker and a psychiatrist. Cohen's belief that "community comes first" was inspired by his mother's stories of marching for Civil Rights and registering voters during the Mississippi Freedom Summer. After graduating from Goucher College, Cohen taught in West Baltimore and, as a teacher, was awarded the Elizabeth Lawrence Prize for Excellence. He attained a Master's Degree in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University. Cohen started his nonprofit, The Intersection, to help young people learn community organizing and civic leadership. He ran for office with the belief that democracy only works when everyone has a voice in the process.

In July 2019, Cohen introduced the Elijah Cummings Healing City Act, making Baltimore the first city in the country to comprehensively legislate trauma-responsive care. The bill, which was signed into law in February 2020, and the movement that propelled it forward were created to help Baltimore heal from our enduring legacies of trauma, racism and violence.

In April 2019, Cohen sponsored the Gender-Inclusive Single-User Restroom bill, which helps ensure our city is safe and welcoming for all communities by requiring all single-user restrooms to have gender-inclusive signage. It was the first bill in Baltimore's history to be signed at a Pride Parade.

In 2018, Cohen introduced the Transparency in Lobbying Act. The law tightens restrictions on lobbyists and requires lobbying disclosure forms to be posted online.

Cohen and his staff work tirelessly to deliver world-class constituent services and to provide transparency throughout the process. Since entering office in 2016, his office has resolved over 2800 separate constituent requests for assistance. These include requests for help resolving water billing disputes, removing abandoned boats from vacant lots, and expediting the repair of broken streetlights. Cohen believes in the power of organized communities and in the past two years, his office created community-driven task forces on the topics of transportation and public safety.

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Last Updated: February 8, 2023

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