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Biden nominates David Cohen as US ambassador to Canada

In this May 8, 2014 file photo, David Cohen, executive vice president, Comcast Corporation, testifies during the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust Law oversight hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
In this May 8, 2014 file photo, David Cohen, executive vice president, Comcast Corporation, testifies during the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust Law oversight hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

David Cohen — a Comcast executive, and former vice chairman of the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia — is US President Joe Biden’s pick to be the US ambassador to Canada, the White House announces.

In addition to being a lobbyist for the communications giant, Cohen is a longtime Democratic fundraiser, who was chief of staff to Philadelphia mayor Ed Rendell in the 1990s. He also served as head of diversity and inclusion efforts at Comcast.

Cohen grew up in Highland Park, a New Jersey town with a high percentage of Jewish residents.

“Federation involvement is in my DNA,” he told the Jewish Exponent of Philadelphia in 2013. “In my family, it would be unthinkable not to be involved in Federation and the Jewish community.”

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