Mark LoGrippo proudly has represented the residents in the Third Ward of Westfield for the past eight years. He and his wife, Dr. Maria LoGrippo, a Nursing Professor at Rutgers University, reside in Westfield, NJ with their two children, Francesco and Gemma, who attend Jefferson Elementary School and Edison Middle School. Maria and Mark are active members of Holy Trinity Parish in Town, and are engaged in their children’s youth sports programs and school activities. Mark is coaching his son’s Summer Travel baseball team and Maria is Treasurer for the Westfield Girl's Softball Program.
Mark earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing in 1990 from St. John’s University, where he was active in Student Government and President of Phi Kappa Tau National Fraternity. After graduation, he joined NYNEX, now Verizon Communications and spent the next 25 years building and maintaining relationships in the telecommunications industry. During that period he received his MBA in International Business from Adelphi University.
In September of 2016, Mark expanded upon his background in Government and joined the NJ Board of Public Utilities working in Trenton, NJ promoting the state's Clean Energy Program. The New Jersey Clean Energy Program is a signature initiative of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, which provides education, information and financial incentives for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency measures.
In May of 2018, Mark joined a International Telecommunications Company working as a Government Subject Matter Expert expanding his Government experience and knowledge in supporting the Sales Teams selling into Local, State, and Federal Government.
Mark’s continuing commitment to his community is evident in his charitable work and volunteer service. He was actively involved in mentoring and fundraising for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of New York City from 2006 to 2014, personally raising over $25,000 for that Chapter of Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Mark has been a member of the Westfield Y International Committee since 2009. He also served on Westfield’s Planning Board before becoming a Councilman.
As a Town Council member, Mark regularly walks the 3rd ward, knocking on doors and engaging residents in discussions about their issues and concerns. He has caused roads to be repaired, trees to be preserved, and other problems to be solved. As Vice Chair of the Town Council’s Finance Committee, Mark helped the Town earn a AAA credit rating from S&P, which allows Westfield to make capital improvements at a materially reduced cost. He was influential in passing a Town Ordinance preventing developers from clear-cutting building lots. Mark also is an active member of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition, and successfully fought for direct train service into and out of Manhattan during off peak and evening hours. Mark is continuing to fight for direct peak train service between Westfield and Manhattan and for our direct off peak service to be restored.
Mark’s strong leadership was on full display in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. He kept residents informed of local conditions and developments by organizing volunteers to distribute information door to door within the Ward.
As “the voice” of Westfield, he persists to address real local issues and offers practical, common sense ideas and solutions. Mark continues to focus on expanding the Town’s road improvement program, increasing public safety efforts, and continuing to spend taxpayer dollars wisely. It is Mark’s desire to continue serving his fellow residents and promoting honest government, and he has demonstrated ability to do so.