Mark Woodard was born in Muncie, Indiana and his family moved to Vallejo, CA when he was a toddler. After graduating from high school, he attended Sonoma State University, where he became his school’s #1 singles tennis player for two seasons, in which he achieved an NCAA Division II national singles ranking. He eventually graduated in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in business management.
After various management trainee positions after college, Mark’s insurance employment career began in 1991 as an auto claims adjuster for CSAA. Two years and a promotion later, he left CSAA for the same position at State Farm, as he envisioned a wider variety of career opportunities there. During his eight years of claims work at State Farm, Mark was involved in numerous projects, namely handling complex claims during catastrophe duty at hurricane-ravaged communities throughout the country.
Instead of pursuing a management position, Mark decided to become a sales agent for State Farm; thus, was appointed as an independent contractor agent serving Martinez, CA, in September 2002, in which he still operates his agency to this day. His State Farm agency provides sound advice and sales of property & casualty insurance as well as financial services.
Mark has also been active in the Martinez community by financially supporting Martinez youth sports teams. He has served on the Board of Directors at the Martinez Boys & Girls Club, and Vice President of the Martinez Kiwanis Club.
In following the footsteps of his father, Mark entered the bond of Kappa Alpha Psi, Berkeley Alumni Chapter in the spring of 2017, and has been active in participation with many of the chapter’s community service events and fundraisers. He currently serves on the chapter’s Scholarship and Charity Golf tournament committees as well as serving as Strategus officer for the current fraternal year.
Mark and his wife of 22 years, Leslie, have two children – 17 year old daughter (Maya) and 13 year old son (Jalen). Jalen is currently enrolled in the Berkeley Alumni Chapter’s Kappa League program.