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Council Member Mark Olbert

Mark Olbert 



Term of Office: November 2015 - November 2020


Mark is enjoying his time on the Council, particularly with the big, thorny issues that have no clear-cut solutions. While he's keenly aware of the challenges on our horizon - rising demand for housing and public spaces, aging infrastructure that must be replaced and the need to keep the City fiscally sound among them - he strongly believes the only real problem is the one you don't engage on. He also knows our opportunities greatly exceed our challenges.

Mark got involved in San Carlos government after volunteering at Arundel Elementary School and seeing firsthand the working conditions for teachers. Elected to the San Carlos School Board in 2001, he served for 10 years before successfully running for the San Carlos City Council in 2011 and re-election in 2015.

A retired financial executive who worked in the oil and gas, high tech and biotech industries, Mark has a bachelor’s degree in cell and molecular biology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College. He grew up in Dobbs Ferry, New York, a small town just north of New York City on the Hudson River. He does not miss the cold, snowy winters or the hot, muggy summers.

Mark and his wife, Barbara McHugh, moved to San Carlos in 1997, and have both been active in the community since then. Their son, Arthur, graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in history. Their daughter, Caroline, graduated from the University of Glasgow in Scotland with a degree in music and history.

Council Committee Assignments

Each year, the Mayor assigns members of the City Council to serve on citywide and regional committees representing our City.

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