Council Member Zak Schwank

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 was first elected in 2018, re-elected in 2022 and is currently serving his second 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.

Elected and Appointed Offices

  • Mayor: 2023
  • City Council Member Term: 2018-2022; 2022-2026
  • Community Services Commissioner: 2013-2018
  • Community Services Commission Chairperson: 2015-2018
  • President, Temecula Community Services District: 2021, 2024
  • Vice President, Temecula Community Services District: 2020, 2022

City Council Assignments

  • Arts and Cultural Affairs Subcommittee
  • E-Government and Temecula Outreach Subcommittee
  • Old Town Steering Subcommittee
  • Infill Land Use and Project Review Subcommittee
  • Joint City Council/TVUSD Subcommittee
  • Military Subcommittee
  • Move I-15 Through Temecula Valley / Southwest Elected Collaborative Subcommittee
  • Parks, Recreation and Community Services Subcommittee
  • Altair Property Ad Hoc Subcommittee
  • Community Service Funding Ad Hoc Subcommittee
  • County Center Drive Development Ad Hoc Subcommittee
  • Diaz Property Ad Hoc Subcommittee
  • Franchise Agreements Ad Hoc Subcommittee
  • Higher Education Ad Hoc Subcommittee 
  • Hospital Ad Hoc Subcommittee
  • Murrieta Creek Project Ad Hoc Subcommittee
  • Police Base of Operations Ad Hoc Subcommittee
  • Roripaugh Ranch (aka Sommers Bend) Ad Hoc Subcommittee
  • Seraphina Property Ad Hoc Subcommittee
  • Strategic Fiscal Planning Ad Hoc Subcommittee
  • Supportive Housing/Services Ad Hoc Subcommittee
  • Trails / Open Space Ad Hoc Subcommittee
  • Uptown Temecula Ad Hoc Subcommittee


  • Associate in Arts - Social and Behavioral Sciences, Mt. San Jacinto College
  • Bachelor of Arts - Political Science - Summa Cum Laude, California State University, San Marcos



  • 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


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