Mayor-Elect Robert Garcia announced today that current Director of College Advancement, Public Affairs and Governmental Relations for Long Beach City College (LBCC) Mark Taylor will head his mayoral team as its Chief of Staff.

MarkTaylorTaylor is well-known throughout the city, particularly within its educational community. The 5th District resident’s work for LBCC extends back seven years, including working for the college’s Foundation as a board member.

“I’ve known Mark for 10 years and have had the opportunity to work with him on numerous projects at Long Beach City College and in the community. He’s smart, understands the legislative process, and is committed to making our city an even better place to live,” Garcia said in a statement. “He will do a great job of moving my initiatives forward on economic development, education, open government, and creating a safer and more livable city.”

Taylor’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in History and Economics from Whittier College as well as a Master’s Degree in History from Brandeis University.

“I’m honored to have been asked to serve our city by Mayor-Elect Garcia,” said Taylor in a statement. “I look forward to working with the talented men and women who work for the city, the leaders of our education institutions and business community, and with our community partners to help Mayor-Elect Garcia improve our city and to implement his agenda.”

Additionally, Sharon Weissman, Garcia’s current Chief of Staff, has been selected to serve as Senior Advisor to the Mayor.

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