- Mark West was elected to City Council in December 2016. His primary goal is improving the quality of
life for all residents by ensuring that Imperial Beach remains the Best of the Best of Southern
California. Mark’s community involvement previously included membership on the International
Boundary and Water Commission, the Imperial Beach Redevelopment Successor Agency and the
Mayor’s Advisory Committee. Currently Mark serves on the San Diego Regional Airport Authority,
South County Economic Development Council, San Diego Association of Government (SANDAG)
Bayshore Bikeway Committee and is the alternate on the SANDAG Executive Committee.
Mark hails from Denver, Colorado. Upon graduation from high school in 1986, Mark enlisted in the
United States Navy. In 1996, Mark was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program and enrolled
at the University of Colorado Boulder where he completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1998.
Upon commissioning, Mark served on multiple warships prior to his early selection for command at
sea. Ultimately, he decided to retire in 2011 after a successful twenty-four- year career.
Following retirement, Mark enrolled at the University of Colorado Denver and completed a Master in
Public Administration. During that time Mark worked on coastal pollution issues in Imperial Beach and
in Mexico while serving as the Program Leader for the No Border Sewage Committee for Surfrider San
Diego. In 2014, Mark was selected to be the Chair of the San Diego chapter of Surfrider, leading the
largest and most active chapter in the world.
Mark has two adult children and he and his wife Megan currently have two-four legged children, Chloe
and Nani. In addition to daily surfing, he enjoys walking the trails of the Tijuana estuary, working in
his garden, traveling the world, eating good food, biking, and reading an occasional book.
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