The Hon. Mark E. Henderson was elected March 2015 as Council member in the City of Gardena. He was appointed to the position of Mayor Pro Tem in April 2016. As current Mayor Pro Tem, Dr. Henderson is serving as Acting Mayor until the March 2017 election. He previously served the City of Gardena as an appointed member of the Planning and Environmental Quality Commission, from 2010 to 2013.
As the past chairman (during 2012), he worked to be an effective leader of the Planning Commission and proactively collaborated with community members, city council and city staff, exhibiting valuable insight into understanding the needs of the residents and businesses of the entire community. Prior to that appointment, he served as a Member-at-Large for the City of Gardena Rent Mediation Board. In that role he worked tirelessly to ensure that landlord and tenant discussions were civil, ended with both parties satisfied, and that the most appropriate measures were executed.
Henderson later became a community leader within the Gardena Environmental Justice Committee, whose primary purpose is to heighten community awareness regarding long-standing environmental issues and to create opportunities to develop and propose strategies to city officials and staff while maintaining open dialogue prior to the implementation of environmental land reuse policies.
Henderson was born in Harbor City, CA, and was raised in Los Angeles County. After completing his military service in the U.S. Navy, he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunications Management from DeVry University, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Redlands, and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne. He is currently an administrator at Los Angeles Pierce College and has been with the Los Angeles Community College District since 2002. He has held previous leadership roles for municipalities in California. In 2014 the Center for Digital Education recognized him as a Top 30 Technologist, Transformer, and Trailblazer.
His Council responsibilities include representing the City of Gardena as a delegate to the Centinela Youth Services and the Independent Cities Association, and serving as alternate City delegate to the Southern California Association of Governments and the West Basin Water Association.
With greater than 20 years as a resident of Gardena, Mayor Pro Tem Henderson has been actively involved in the life of our community. He has been a past volunteer coach for City of Gardena youth sports activities. He was a city commissioner with the Gardena Pop Warner organization. He is past President of a community-based organization named Brothers Inc., which works with middle school-aged African-American and Latino males in the disciplines of decision-making and critical thinking. He is Board President of PV Jobs Inc., which works to train community members and Veterans to obtain employment within the Building and Construction Trades. He is very active in addressing Veteran’s concerns.
Mayor Pro Tem Henderson believes in placing the community first while developing success strategies in a collaborative manner with all stakeholders to improve our elite City.