Bio

headshotA South Bay native from a family of educators, Councilman Cliff Numark is dedicated to an accountable and cost-effective city government. He was elected to the Torrance City Council in 2008 to support seniors and schools, protect neighborhoods, foster economic growth, preserve the environment, and improve transparency to maintain Torrance as a balanced, fiscally sound city.

Prior to his election, Numark served as a Vice President of the Torrance Historical Society, Vice President of the Torrance Symphony, board member for the Madrona Marsh Foundation, advisory board member of Sharefest and advisory board member for California State University Dominguez Hills’ business school.

In addition, Numark had served as a City Commissioner for Parks and Recreation, where he improved outreach for the annual community grants program and updated the usage policy for the Plunge. He also had served on the Community Services Commission and the Cable Television Advisory Board in 1999, where he initiated “Open Mic Night” to better connect citizens to their city government.  In 1997, Numark was the Executive Director of the Torrance Chamber program Leadership Torrance.

Numark began his career in public affairs, working as a journalist, with articles published in the New York Times and Arizona Republic, and as a legislative aide in Sacramento and Washington, DC. After completing graduate school, Numark served as CEO and COO of two technology companies, launched a market research business and worked as managing director of a management consulting firm. He currently is the CEO for the American Red Cross Blood Services in Southern California and is responsible for recruiting nearly 400,000 Southern Californians to give blood.

Numark earned a Master in Public Affairs degree from Princeton University, a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall), a Master of Science from the University of Sussex Engineering School, and a B.A. from Pomona College.

Numark owns a home in South Torrance with his wife, Torrance native Diane Korman, an Emmy award-winning producer who worked for ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The parents of Lincoln and Pearl Numark, the couple is happy to be just a few miles from Numark’s mother, a retired teacher living in Torrance, and his sister, who teaches at Jefferson Middle School. Numark’s brother, Mitchell, was a Fulbright Scholar and is an assistant professor of history at California State University Sacramento. Diane’s parents, Dale and Howard Korman, are active in the Torrance arts community, along with Diane’s grandmother, Harriet Apsel, who lives in New Horizons.