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City of HaywardCandidate for City Council

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Mark Salinas

Council Member/Instructor
23,388 votes (12.98%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Keep families safe and healthy and connect families to COVID-19 testing and financial relief.
  • Housing for all families and all income levels and tenant protections.
  • Grow Hayward's Economy, set job and wage standards high, and when safe open and connect businesses to relief so they can grow



Profession:Hayward City Council Member and College Educator
Ethnic Studies and History Instructor, Chabot College (2004–current)
Community Resident Engagement Specialist, CSU East Bay Hayward Promise Neighborhood (2015–current)
Executive Director, The Kids' Breakfast Club (2005–current)
Council Member, City of Hayward — Elected position (2016–current)
Founding Member and Chair of the Board of Directors, Friends of Chabot College Foundation — Appointed position (2015–current)
Member, St. Rose Foundation — Appointed position (2020–current)
Founding Member, Let's Do Lunch Hayward...and breakfast too — Appointed position (2011–current)
Founding Member, Hayward Early Learning Committee — Appointed position (2020–2020)


San Francisco State University M.A., Educational Administration and Public Policy Studies (1999)
San Francisco State University B.A., La Raza Studies (1997)
Chabot College Transfer Student, General Education (1993)

Community Activities

Founding Member and Inaugural Chairman of the Board of Directors, Friends of Chabot College Foundation (2013–current)
Executive Director, The Kids' Breakfast Club (2005–current)
Member, Hayward Unified School District Measure I Oversight Committee (2009–2012)
Founding Member, Hayward Puente Project Advisory Board (2000–2010)


Hayward City Council Member Mark Salinas is a Hayward native.  Born at St. Rose Hospital, Mark grew up in the Schafer Park neighborhood in South Hayward.  Mark is a product of Hayward schools and after graduating from Hayward High School he enrolled in Chabot College and participated in the Puente Project.  After Mark transferred from Chabot College to San Francisco State University, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in La Raza Studies Studies and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration and Public Policy.

Mark is an educator by occupation.  As an Instructor at Chabot College, he teaches Ethnic Studies and History.  In 2015, California State University, East Bay appointed Mark to work in the Hayward Promise Neighborhood.  As a community resident engagement specialist, Mark is responsible for developing programs for Hayward children and families as well as connecting Hayward families and children to critical health and education services.

For twenty eight years Mark has been a volunteer for The Kids’ Breakfast Club, a non-profit organization in Hayward responsible for feeding thousands of deserving children and their families every year.  For the last 15 years, Mark has served as the Executive Director of The Kids’ Breakfast Club and he is responsible for the day-to-day implementation of all organizational activities.

In 2010 Mark was elected to the Hayward City Council.  Mark is known around town as a fierce advocate for children and families.  He is a founding member of the Let’s Do Lunch Hayward...and breakfast too program, a city wide program that has served over one million meals to kids when school isn’t in session.  He is a founding member of the Words for Lunch program, a program that connects kids and families to lunch and thousands of books in the summertime.  And, Mark is a founding member of the Hayward Early Learning Committee, a committee responsible for developing policy for children 0 to 8 years old.

Mark has worked on a variety of policies ranging from economic development to municipal budgets to housing to protection services.  While Mark’s policy resume is substantive, he is an unapologetic advocate for children and their families.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle

Organizations (7)

  • Bay East Association of Realtors
  • Northern California Carpenters
  • LiUNA Local 304
  • Building and Construction Trades Council of Alameda County
  • Hayward Firefighters Local 1909
  • Hayward Chamber of Commerce | Good Government Now
  • Hayward Area Democratic Club

Elected Officials (2)

  • California State Assembly Member Bill Quirk
  • United States Congressman Eric Swalwell

Individuals (6)

  • Julius Willis
  • Kathy Morris
  • Ron Meyers
  • Mimi Bauer
  • Deisy Bates
  • Fabiana Lacerca-Allen

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