Meet the Candidate



Born and raised in Fresno, California, I grew up in a blue collar home.  I moved to Atascadero on the Central Coast in 1988 and then to American Canyon in 1994 with my wife and family.  The kids are grown and have families of their own.  Cheryl and I still love living in American Canyon and want to make sure it remains "family friendly."

Twenty Five Years later, 2011

Wedding Day, 1986

Experience and Education

Public Service is not just my calling; it's what I was trained to do!  I have a college degree in Public Administration and over 30 years of experience in local government management, working in big cities and small, including 13 years here in American Canyon.

Starting my career in Fresno, I worked in management positions in Police, Public Works, Human Resources, and Parks.  I was the Finance Director for three cities:  Atascadero, American Canyon and Suisun City.  I was also American Canyon's City Manager from 1997 to 2006, and helped build the community we all enjoy today.


Community Awards

  • Gateway Award Winner (2007)

  • Organizational Award Winner, Arts (2008)

  • Labor Partnership Award (2016)

  • The American Canyon Arts Foundation, where I served as President and Secretary/Treasurer;

  • Charter member of the local Kiwanis Club

  • Life member of the Friends of the American Canyon Library

  • Life member of the American Canyon Community Parks Foundation

  • Member, Arts Council Napa Valley, and served on their Board of Directors

  • Member, Napa Valley Vine Trail, and served on their Board of Directors

  • Member, Land Trust of Napa Valley

I once joked I had to retire early because I was too busy volunteering my time! 


Community service goes hand in hand with public service.  In addition to serving 8 years as your Council member, I am proud to say I volunteer for many community organizations, including:

  • Relay For Life, in which Beth Marcus and I walk all 24 hours (with breaks!)

  • Graduate, Leadership Napa Valley (2001)

  • Served on the Napa County Joint Task Force on Affordable Housing

  • Vice-Chair of the local Tourism Improvement District

  • Member, City Council's Economic Development Subcommittee

  • Secretary for the Chamber of Commerce's Governmental Affairs Committee

  • Former Member, Blue Ribbon Water Committee

Community Service



215 Gisela Drive

American Canyon, CA 94503



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©2018 by Re-Elect Mark Joseph for Council 2018. FPPC#1325789.