Mark Dassow lives in Chula Vista, where he was born and raised. He enjoys listening to music, watching scary movies, event planning, and hanging out with friends (usually at Urban MO’s Bar and Grill). His immediate career plans include studying culinary arts, but he especially loves serving his community through volunteering.
He feels fortunate to have contributed through volunteering at B2 Creative Productions, a local LGBTQ arts non-profit, and to have helped various drag shows, usually produced at Number One on 5th, run smoothly with backstage, set-up work, raffle sales, and accommodating artists as well as other performers. Most recently, he produced “Pose for a Cause: A Benefit for VIDA,” a gala drag extravaganza.
In joining VIDA’s board of directors, Mark hopes to advance VIDA’s core mission of working to de-stigmatize HIV through awareness and outreach. He hopes to focus on informing individuals and stakeholder groups in the community about resources for treatment and prevention of HIV and other STDs. In addition, he intends to advance Trans rights, especially for the BIPOC Trans community, whose members still face disproportionate rates of violence and discrimination while simply trying to live their lives.