San Francisco, California , United States
|| August 15, 1962
Apr 11, 2010 10:14am
Asian - Married - Straight -
|Info||Eric Mar is an experienced, effective and responsive advocate for working families, youth and seniors, neighborhood businesses and all the diverse residents of the Richmond District and San Francisco. |
For the past eight years, Eric has served as an elected Commissioner on the San Francisco Board of Education. He also serves on the Select Committee of the Board of Supervisors and Board of Education, which coordinates policy-making between City government and the School District.
Board of Education
In 2000, Eric's goal was to improve classroom conditions for both students and teachers. Specifically he sought to restore public trust in school district finances and decisions; make transparency central to how a $600 million public agency operates; work with the Mayor and Board of Supervisors to make new local financing available for cash strapped public schools, and improve teacher salaries so San Francisco schools can attract and retain the best teachers.
Achieving these goals was not without political conflict, and all involved some tradeoffs. But today's largely settled approach to education policy at the Board of Education and at City Hall is in great measure a product of Eric's work. As a result, San Francisco public schools have been recognized as among the best in California.
As a Board of Education Commissioner, Eric has:
Led clean up of corruption and mismanagement and restored fiscal integrity and public accountability in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD)
Authored legislation that created the Parent Advisory Council to the SFUSD and strengthened parent, student and community involvement in SFUSD policy-making
Authored comprehensive legislation on closing the achievement gap and on fostering healthier and safer schools
Co-authored with Tom Ammiano and led the campaign to pass Proposition H in 2004 which provides up to $60 million per year in funding to for school arts, librarians, music, recreation, sports & enrichment programs
Authored legislation that led to the creation of a model “green building” school facility at Argonne Child Development Center in the Richmond District.
Eric Mar is also an elected member and past Vice Chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party’s Central Committee. He has worked to strengthen the local Democratic Party and build bridges with grassroots communities. As a longtime community leader, Eric has led neighborhood and citywide efforts to preserve and expand affordable housing, to increase funding for parks and libraries, to improve services for youth and seniors, and to protect locally owned neighborhood businesses from unfair competition from big corporations like Starbucks.
Progressive Teacher, Progressive Attorney
Since 1992, Eric has taught Asian American and Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University where he has mentored and supported hundreds of young people to become active in their communities and the political process.
He is the past director of the Northern California Coalition for Immigrant Rights and former Acting Dean of New College of California School of Law. As a public interest attorney he served on the Human Rights Committee of the State Bar of California and the Civil Rights Committee of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
Community & Family Life
Eric has lived in the Richmond District for over 22 years with his wife Sandra Chin-Mar, a public school teacher. Their daughter Jade Mar is a 3rd grader at McCoppin Elementary School in the Richmond District.
Eric has been recognized by the community for his civic activism and leadership including the Local Hero Award from the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the Justice Harry Low Award from the Asian American Bar Association, the Community Leadership Award from the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance and the Political Empowerment Award from the Chinese Progressive Association.