Mark Chandler

Mark Chandler is the Director of the San Francisco Mayor's Office of International Trade and Commerce.  Mark has been a member of the Mayor's Office for over thirty-one years and has served eight mayors.


Mark is been responsible for the international development programs of the City of San Francisco, including innovation technology exchanges, Smart City dialogue, trade missions, investment promotion, sister city partnerships, diplomatic relations and global policy formation. Mark has coordinated over thirty overseas missions to locations diverse as Mexico, China, France, Israel, Vietnam, Ireland, Australia, The Philippines, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada and Japan.


Mark has been a featured speaker and presenter across the globe on international economic development, Smart Cities and San Francisco’s role as the center of innovation, including being a lead speaker at the World Cities Summit in Singapore, the Moscow Urban Forum, the Smart Cities Conference in Dubai, the Korean Development Institute’s Sharing Economy Forum, the Asia Society Corporate Conferences in Ho Chi Minh City and Delhi and the Smart City Forum in Barcelona.


Mark is a member of the Board of Directors for the the SF-Osaka Sister City Association. He was the Co-President of the San Mateo High School Foundation.  He is currently a member of the Advisory Council for the Department of International Business at San Francisco State University and the Bay Area Council China Task Force  and was previously a member of the Advisory Board for the Southeast Asia Business Center at City College of San Francisco, the Bay Area World Trade Center Board of Directors, the San Francisco Global Trade Council and the Britain Meets the Bay Board of Directors. In June of 2017 Mark was named “Citizen Diplomat” of the year by the Northern California World Trade Center.


He has a BA in Economics from U.C. Davis and an MBA in International Marketing from UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business.  Mark also studied Japanese Language at the Tokyo Academy of Japanese in Tokyo.  Mark is married to Carolyn with a daughter, Lea.  Mark and Carolyn are recipients of the 2015 Jefferson Award, a National Award that notes outstanding achievement and support of your local community. He, his wife and daughter enjoy travel, geocaching, gardening and are avid San Francisco Giants fans.