Mark Nagales grew up in South San Francisco and has been part of the community for over 30 years. He attended local public schools, including Los Cerritos Elementary School, Alta Loma Middle School, and South San Francisco High School. He graduated from San Francisco State University in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science. After graduating from college, Nagales served as an Aide to several elected officials, including former Assemblymember Fran Pavley, former Assemblymember Gene Mullin, and Congresswoman Jackie Speier. As Constituent Services Director for Congresswoman Speier, Nagales assisted countless seniors, veterans, and families access services, including recovering over $5 million in veterans’ benefits.
Prior to being elected to the city council, Nagales served South San Francisco as Parks and Recreation Commissioner (2008-2014, Chair in 2013) and Planning Commissioner (2015-2018, Chair in 2018). Nagales was elected to the City Council in November 2018, and is proud to be one of the first Filipinos elected in South San Francisco.
Nagales and his wife Amy are the proud parents of two young children, Aidan and Josephine.