Marc Mascarenhas-Swan was born in England, but has spent the last 17 years in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Marc came up politically in the anti-authoritarian tradition, and has always taken seriously the maxim of the IWW, that we must “build a new world in the shell of the old.”
Marc has many years of experience as a participant, facilitator, educator, and organizer in political collectives, housing cooperatives and squats, worker cooperatives, childcare collectives, and activist groups. Marc was for many years part of the white, anti-racist group Heads Up Collective, which worked to support and develop anti-racist consciousness in mostly white global justice/anti-war sectors, and organized as allies with groups working for social justice in communities of color. He has organized and participated in many multi-racial, feminist, and left study groups to which he owes much of his political development.
Marc has worked for over 20 years as a professional chef, and converted his long term catering business into a worker owned cooperative. He understands that the development of a broad range of locally focused, environmentally sustainable, democratically governed economic entities, both non-market and market oriented, is a crucial step towards a just and sustainable world.
He has two amazing kids that he tries to spend as much time as possible with. He really wishes that he liked to garden.