Zeke Cohen represents the First District on the Baltimore City Council and is Chair of the Education & Youth Committee.
After graduating from Goucher College, Zeke taught in West Baltimore and brought a group of his eighth grade students to help rebuild a home in New Orleans. As a teacher Zeke was awarded the Elizabeth Lawrence Prize for Excellence. He attained a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University. Zeke 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.
Soon after entering office, Zeke organized a Bake Sale for Buses campaign that protected Baltimore City students from a reduction in their bus ridership hours. He also fought alongside students, parents, community advocates, and his colleagues on the City Council to restore $2.58 million of funding for Community Schools and After School Programs, Safe Streets, City Schools, Maryland Food Bank, University of Maryland Cooperative Extension, and AARP Experience Corps.
Zeke’s work to support Baltimore’s youth also included an innovative summer workforce development program called This Is Working. With the support of small businesses and community members, this initiative demonstrated how communities can be strengthened when youth have access to employment opportunities. In recognition of his commitment to Baltimore’s children, Zeke was named among the Best Baltimoreans of 2017 by the Baltimore Magazine.