Councilmember Mark West

City of Imperial Beach | San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

Mark West was elected to the Imperial Beach 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.