Mark Gonzalez has long been active in Democratic politics, leading the charge on some of the most important political victories in Southern California. He is currently Chair of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, a position he has proudly held since October 2017. LACDP is the largest local Democratic Party in the country and one of the most influential, serving over 3.1 million registered Democrats.
Mark’s political activism began early on in his life, playing significant local roles in the 2004 presidential campaign, 2005 City of Los Angeles mayoral race, 2006 gubernatorial race, and the 2008 presidential campaign for Barack Obama. He also distinguished himself within the LADCP by organizing a series of successful new citizen voter registration drives throughout Los Angeles County, helping to secure the region as a Democratic stronghold. Ruby Medrano, a longtime Northeast L.A. Democratic activist, recognized Mark’s commitment and dedication and urged him to join the Democratic Party Central Committee. Mark was later appointed and elected as a member.
As Mark rose through the ranks of LACDP, he held other leadership positions within the organization including Assembly District Delegation Chair, Corresponding Secretary, and Vice-Chair. He is an Executive Board Member for the California Democratic Party.
In addition to his responsibilities with the LACDP, Mark served as the California State Director for the 2020 Biden/Harris Campaign, and currently serves as District Director to Assemblymember Miguel Santiago. Previous to this position, he was a Senior Field Representative to Speaker John A. Perez and Field Representative to then-Assemblymember Anthony Portantino. Mark currently serves as a Zoo Commissioner for the City of Los Angeles, Chairman of the Northeast Community Clinics, serves on the Board of Directors for Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services as a Leadership Advisory Member, as well as Equality California Board, Koreatown Youth & Community Center, the Vernon Community Fund Board, and on the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles Social Impact Council. A native Angeleno and graduate of California State University, Northridge, Mark currently lives in Chinatown.
As Chair of the LACDP, Mark always uses the struggles he went through and the lessons from mentors who love our Party to help unite and empower Democrats to grow, strengthen, and continue leading one of the most influential central committees in the nation.
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