Meet
Mark Mendez

I am running for Seattle City Council because residents of North Seattle are ready for a new vision for District 5 and accountability.

I was born and raised in Seattle and I lived in the District 5 neighborhood of Lake City for 41 years. I ​graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in political science and from Seattle University with a master’s of public administration. ​I’ve spent my life and career working on several local and global equity issues.

My father was born in the US territory of Puerto Rico and my mother grew up in Lake City. My great-uncle, Joseph Mayer, created the beautiful and historic Seattle Street Clocks found in downtown Seattle. I have deep roots in Seattle and deeply care about the city and neighborhood I grew up in.

I have a record of ‘getting things done’ by bringing together and partnering with a diverse group of people and organizations to address the biggest challenges in Seattle and District 5​. I have worked for several nonprofit, education, and public organizations; I was Co-Chair of the North District Council, and on the boards of Lake City Neighborhood Alliance, Meadowbrook Community Care, and Solarize Puerto Rico. North District Council, and on the boards of Lake City Neighborhood Alliance, Meadowbrook Community Care, and Solarize Puerto Rico.

I have brought together and worked with several diverse community organizations and partners to successfully advocate for equity issues across District 5 like preserving public beach access at 130th Lake City Beach, fighting for equity at our Cedar Park Elementary, advocating for the 130th light rail station, a new Lake City Community Center, new parks and open spaces, and creating more safe streets and sidewalks.

I want to bring the same model of success I have had working together with community groups and organizations and apply that model to the City Council.

Programs and Projects

Lake City Mural Project

Little Brook Youth Corps program

Seattle's Community Involvement Commission

Hurricane Maria and my Seattle-Puerto Rico Connection

Lake City Food Bank Mural project

Solarize Puerto Rico non-profit