Before being elected to Irving City Council, Mark Zeske spent three terms on the City of Irving Planning and Zoning Commission. During his first three years, Irving set a city record for construction permits with more than a billion dollars’ worth of permits each year.
During his three terms on the Irving Public Library Board, Irving built the West and South branches and started the North Texas Teen Book Festival, the largest event of its kind in the world. Zeske also served seven years on the City of Irving Cable Board.
Zeske is currently a high school English and Journalism teacher at Singley Academy. He serves as the faculty sponsor of Singley Academy’s Interact, a student volunteer organization associated with Las Colinas Rotary Club. In 2019 the Singley chapter was selected as the top Interact Club in North Texas in honor of its numerous volunteer projects. Mark also serves as a table leader (lead scorer) for College Board. He previously taught at Irving High School and Sam Houston Middle School.
Prior to teaching, Zeske was an award-winning journalist. He has written freelance articles for various national publications, including The Washington Post, USA Today and Boys Life. He covered auto racing for Dallas Times Herald, The Dallas Morning News, CBSsportsline.com, and SportsIllustrated.com. Mark has written regularly for Irving Child, Las Colinas People, Irving Daily News, Irving News, The Rambler and Neighborsgo.com (DMN’s Irving edition). He worked for Beckett Publications for 12 years.
As a member of the Irving Arts Grant Review Panel, Mark helps the Irving Art Board distribute $400,000 of grants each year. The latest recipients were: Entertainment Series of Irving, New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving, Irving Chorale, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Irving Symphonic Band, Irving Symphony Orchestra, MainStage Irving-Las Colinas, Momentum Dance Company, Irving Black Arts Council, Lone Star Youth Orchestra and Irving Art Association.
Involved in homeless outreach programs, he has participated in Irving’s Annual Point in Time Homeless Count and Survey and Family Promise, a collection of 14 Irving churches that help support struggling families regain their self-sufficiency.
In the inaugural class, Mark participated in the 36 hours of Irving 360, a program familiarizing citizens of all aspects of the city.
Mark officiated over 6,000 youth sporting events, including games at most public and private schools in Irving.
Coach Zeske led more than 35 youth athletic teams which were associated withYMCA of Irving, Irving Girls Basketball Association, Irving Soccer Association, Irving Boys Baseball Association, Irving ISD and Irving private schools.
As a long-time member of Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Church, he taught children’s liturgy (Sunday school) for three decades and spent multiple terms on the Parish Advisory Council and school board, including a crucial time when St. Luke and Holy Family merged into one school.
Mark is married to Dr. Karen Zeske, a long time Irving ISD teacher and administrator. Currently, Dr. Zeske is Director of Advanced Academics for Arlington ISD. Mark and Karen have four adult children and seven grandchildren.
Zeske earned a B.A. in English from the University of Dallas and a Masters of Journalism from the University of North Texas.