David Valence


Chairman of the Council for the Orientation of Infrastructures (COI)

David Valence is an associate professor of history and a graduate of Sciences-Po Paris. After teaching contemporary history and working as Deputy Director General of a public utility foundation, at the age of 32 he was elected Mayor (Radical Party) of Saint-Dié-des-Vosges in the spring of 2014, then re-elected in the first round in March 2020. Since 2014, he has chaired the intermunicipal community Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, which became an agglomeration community (76,000 inhabitants) in 2017. Elected to the Grand Est Regional Council in December 2015, he specialised in mobility and infrastructure issues, first as Chair of the transport committee (2016-2017). In October 2017 he became 3rd Vice-President of the Region, responsible for transport, travel and infrastructure. In 2019, he published a milestone note for the Foundation for Political Innovation (Fondapol): Ferroviaire: l'ouverture à la concurrence, une chance pour la SNCF [Rail: opening up to competition, an opportunity for SNCF] (with François Bouchard). David Valence was appointed Chairman of the Council for the Orientation of Infrastructures (COI) on 29 January 2021.