Councilmember Mark Kersey represents the City of San Diego's Fifth District. In June 2016, he was reelected to a second term on a platform of rebuilding San Diego's infrastructure, modernizing government and keeping San Diego's economy competitive.
Mark believes maintaining and improving the City's roads, sidewalks, parks and fire stations is the most pressing issue facing San Diego. As Chair of the Council's Infrastructure Committee, he is helping reform how the city evaluates, prioritizes, and invests in infrastructure. He has successfully advocated for increased infrastructure investment in the general fund and orchestrated the development of San Diego's first comprehensive Multi-Year Infrastructure Investment Plan. He is also the author of the Rebuild San Diego measure which was approved by voters in June 2016. The new law will provide up to $4 billion in dedicated funding for neighborhood improvements.
Mark is committed to the economic prosperity of San Diego. He has worked to provide economic development incentives to companies looking to expand in San Diego and works continuously to make San Diego the best big city in California for businesses.
With his high-tech background, Mark is also focused on utilizing technology to empower residents, streamline government and drive civic engagement. He introduced and passed the City's first Open Data Initiative, which makes City data available to the public. Across the country, policies like this have spurred economic development, enhanced civic engagement and improved the way government operates.
He is also leading a 3-1-1 effort to use technology to provide better customer service to residents. The Get It Done mobile app gives San Diegans a single service point to report potholes, streetlight outages, graffiti and more. The system is also expected to expand to provide a centralized 3-1-1 phone system for non-emergency reports.
Mark believes improving and investing in public safety is one of the City’s core responsibilities. He is committed to addressing the issues of understaffing and delayed response time and finding solutions that will attract and retain high-caliber personnel. He also wants to make sure first responders are provided with the equipment they need to address challenges creatively and prepare for disasters before they strike.
In addition to chairing the Council's Committee on Infrastructure, Mark serves as Vice Chair of the Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations (ED&IR) Committee and Vice Chair of the Rules Committee. He was elected as League of California Cities Second Vice President, and sits on the board for the San Diego Regional Airport Authority and San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation.
An alumnus of Northwestern University and the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management, Mark is the founder and owner of Kersey Strategies, a technological research firm specializing in the telecommunications and high-tech industries.
Contact Councilman Kersey via email at [email protected].