Mark Nagales was elected to South San Francisco’s City Council in November 2018, and is proud to be one of the first Filipinos elected in South San Francisco.
Mark grew up in South San Francisco and has been part of the community for over 30 years. He attended South San Francisco’s public schools, starting with Los Cerritos Elementary School, then Alta Loma Middle School, and graduated from South San Francisco High School in 1998. Mark was an accomplished baseball player for South San Francisco High School. In 2014, Mark was inducted into the South San Francisco Baseball Hall of Fame.
Mark attended college at San Francisco State University and graduated in 2003 with a double major in History and Political Science. Married in 2008, Mark and his wife Amy live in South San Francisco’s Westborough neighborhood with their son Aidan (a student at Monte Verde Elementary School) and their daughter Josephine.
Mark’s story is like many in South San Francisco. Mark and his wife Amy wanted to make South San Francisco their home to raise their kids. South San Francisco instilled in Mark the important values of listening to diverse opinions, helping neighbors in need, and giving back to your community.
Like many families in South San Francisco, owning a home seemed like an unattainable dream. Moving out of the community that Mark has loved since childhood seemed inevitable. However, thanks to a first-time homebuyers program, Mark and his young family were able to become homeowners and stay in South San Francisco. Mark has never forgotten the struggles that his family went through, like others are today. He has used this experience to fuel his passion for supporting working-class families.