Mayor's Biography

David E. Weiss was elected Mayor of the City of Shaker Heights on November 6, 2018

A longtime resident, Weiss brings to the office more than three decades of legal and business experience – particularly in the area of real estate – as well as significant participation in Shaker Heights government. He previously served as an elected council member for the City and as a member of the Shaker Heights Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals.

“Serving the City for so many years has reinforced my belief that our community has the passion, creativity, and vision to grow and prosper in a rapidly changing world,” says Weiss.

Weiss was an executive officer at DDR Corp., a real estate investment company, for more than 18 years, most recently serving as executive vice president, secretary, and general counsel. Mayor Weiss is a former partner of the Cleveland-based law firm McDonald, Hopkins. He holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and J.D. from The Ohio State University College of Law.

Mayor Weiss is also the owner of Juma Gallery and Brew at Juma, a boutique and café located in the Van Aken District and is involved in many professional, civic, and charitable organizations.

“I am honored and privileged to serve as Mayor of Shaker Heights, a community in which I have lived and raised a family for nearly 30 years. This is a unique opportunity given the City’s long history of collaboration with its well informed citizens who value thoughtful civic engagement, beautiful homes and parks, outstanding educational opportunities for our children, diversity, and high-quality services,” says Weiss.