Mark Anthony Paredes

As a teacher, a healthcare advocate with over fifteen years of experience working in the non-profit field, Mark has a unique perspective and commitment to helping serve our community. He started his professional career working with immigrant Cambodian youth in Los Angeles creating tutoring programs to address their unique needs and challenges to help them succeed and flourish in school. He helped create partnerships between schools and healthcare providers to establish school-based health centers in Orange County. As the former program manager for Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County, he led an outreach team that educated and screened over 30,000 children annually throughout Orange County. Currently he works for Blue Shield of California as an outreach manager advocating and serving the community by building relationships with non-profits, school districts, the small business community and government agencies to advance healthcare access for all Californians.
He has proven himself as a champion representing the community at the local and statewide level. As a Planning Commissioner for the City of Garden Grove he promoted safer streets for bikers and pedestrians and pushed for responsible business and community growth. He serves on the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Citizen Advisory Committee serving as a liaison between the public and OCTA examining traffic solutions and providing input on various transportation studies. As a healthcare advocate he has spoken on behalf of families and children fighting to protect healthcare funding and access to needed care and services.
Mark continues to be involved in his community by volunteering and serving on multiple boards and committees. He is very proud to currently serve as an Associate Board Member for the Boys and Girls Club of Garden Grove that works with over 6,500 children daily along with 17,000 families annually. He is a board member for the Heritage Museum of Orange County and is helping bring needed resources to help the museum continue their mission to preserve the culture and natural history in Southern California. Mark is a Central Committee Member for the Democratic Party of Orange County and serves as an alternate representative on the executive board.
Mark Anthony immigrated to the United States from the Philippines with his family when he was 6 years old. He is a product of the K-12 public school system graduating from California High School in Whittier. He went on to the University of California, Irvine and received his Bachelors in Political Science and Social Sciences. He went on to University of California, Los Angeles and received his Masters in Public Policy. He advanced his education and received a program certificate in management from Cornell University.