Mark Swanson was appointed by Mayor Linda Gorton on March 30, 2020, to replace Councilmember Jake Gibbs, who died suddenly on March 3.
Swanson holds a Ph.D. from the University of Florida in anthropology. He is currently a faculty member and teacher in the College of Public Health where his work focuses on applied research on food environments.
He has worked with stores in low-income neighborhoods in Lexington and in Eastern Kentucky to increase healthy food options. He also worked on the “Better Bites” initiative to add healthy items to the menus at Lexington pools and to overhaul pool snack bar menus.
Swanson is a member of the Lexington Environmental Commission, the Lexington Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition Board of Directors, and the Advocacy Committee of the American Heart Association, Kentucky Chapter.
Swanson and his wife, Nancy Schoenberg, a professor in the UK College of Medicine, have two adult children, Rachel and Ben Swanson.