Sherryl Parks

City Council
Title: Council Member (11/2020)
Sherryl Parks

Sherryl was raised in the Pacific Northwest in a family of five children. She excelled in music as a young girl. She graduated from Whitman College and her first job was teaching junior high school. 

In 1974 Sherryl moved to Del Mar and has lived in the same house ever since where she raised her two sons. She began volunteering at the local Del Mar Hills Elementary School and served on their site council.
In 1984 Sherryl began working at UCSD in the School of Medicine.  The Tutorial Program at UCSD’s School of Medicine was a perfect fit for Sherryl’s enthusiasm for working with first and second year students. Community building at the medical school was her main job and she designed and implemented a support group for wives of medical students and introduced the first ever stress management course. For these innovative programs Sherryl received an Exemplary Employee of the Year Award in 1996 (given to 13 employees from a field of 13,000). Sherryl’s favorite work at the medical school, over her 23 years there, was editing the “Murmur”, the school newspaper and the annual arts and literary magazine, “The Human Condition.”

Over the past 25 years, Sherryl volunteered in numerous Del Mar civic groups including Co-Chairing the opening of the then new Del Mar Library, the President of the Del Mar Foundation, and 4 years on the important Design Review Board. Politically she assisted candidates in every city council election since the mid 1980s.  She has written many articles for our local newsletter, The Sandpiper.

Other community volunteerism includes working at Del Mar’s St. Peter’s Church in the thrift shop, sorting and pricing items. She also served for three years on the church’s Vestry, and as Fellowship Chairperson.

Sherryl served on the MEND (Mother’s Embracing Nuclear Disarmament) Board that was started by Ray Kroch’s daughter here in San Diego in the 1980s. In 2007, Sherryl helped to re-build houses at Gulf Port, Mississippi after hurricane Katrina. In 2009, Sherryl spent a month in Odibo, Namibia with a feeding program for preschoolers devastated by AIDS and poverty in this West African country. 

When asked to run for the Del Mar City Council in 2012, Sherryl determined it was the right time to fill a seat, helping to set policy for our small town.  In her first term on Council and as Mayor she attended numerous advisory committee meetings including Traffic and Parking, Parks and Recreation, Del Mar Community Connections, The Shores Park Master planning group.  Sherryl represented the city at the Metro Wastewater Commission where she is the only woman.

In November, 2016 Sherryl was re-elected to the Del Mar City Council with a promise to clarify and set a policy for short term rental businesses in Del Mar, supporting the work of Design Review advisory Ad Hoc, and helping to get a crossing at our railroad tracks.


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