Council Member Zak Schwank

Council Member Zak Schwank has lived in Temecula with his wife and children since 2001. Zak has served on School Site Council at Paloma Elementary School and on the PTA Executive Board at Temecula Elementary School. Zak was appointed to the City of Temecula Community Services Commission in 2013 and served as Chairperson from 2015-2018. He is currently serving his first term on the Temecula City Council.

Since moving to Temecula, Zak has tirelessly worked for Temecula families. In 2011, he launched Temecula Bike Train. This organization began as a desire for a program that educated families about cycling and empowered them to choose a bicycle for transportation. Temecula Bike Train started with Paloma Elementary and has grown to include programs at Barnett Elementary and Temecula Elementary. Over the years Zak has partnered with the City of Temecula, The Bike Shop Temecula, and various other agencies and groups to provide education and insight into safely biking to school and work. With the support of many dedicated and knowledgeable community members, Temecula Bike Train has been able to donate more than 50 new and used bikes to children and adults in Temecula. 

Having started a family in Temecula, Zak is aware of the impact a safe and positive environment has on families. Through his work within the community, Zak sees firsthand the benefits families gain from parks, community theater, museums, classes, and activities offered by the City of Temecula. As a Council Member, Zak will focus on the positive quality of life and family values that make Temecula an exceptional place to live, work, and play.

Public and Community Service

  • City Council Member 2018-2022
  • Community Services Commissioner 2013-2018
  • Community Services Commission Chairperson 2015-2018

City Council Assignments

  • Old Town Local Review Board Commission Liaison
  • Arts and Cultural Affairs Subcommittee
  • Old Town Steering Subcommittee
  • Military Subcommittee
  • Parks, Recreation and Community Services Subcommittee
  • Murrieta Creek Project Ad Hoc Subcommittee
  • Old Town Civic Center Ad Hoc Subcommittee
  • Promenade in Temecula Ad Hoc Subcommittee
  • Service Levels Assessments Ad Hoc Subcommittee
  • Teen Village Ad Hoc Subcommittee

 Organizations/Affiliations

  • Rancho California Water District, Alternate Liaison
  • Southwest Riverside County Energy Authority JPA, Alternate Liaison
  • Riverside Transit Agency Representative
  • WRCOG Executive Committee and Zone Committee, Alternate Liaison
  • Temecula Bike Train, Founder

 Awards

  • 2017 Family First Award Recipient

 Key Objectives

  • Improve transportation choices and work to improve traffic flow
  • Keep Temecula a safe and beautiful city
  • Invest in our parks and recreation facilities
  • Support arts and cultural events

 Occupation & Education

  • TVUSD PBIS Tier II Behavior Assistant, Temecula Elementary School

Personal

  • Married, 3 children
  • I enjoy biking, hiking, and spending time with family