Mark Van Zevern joined the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades as an industrial painter apprentice in Local Union 1176 in San Leandro, California in 1974.
Upon completing his apprenticeship, he worked as a painter journey worker at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, California. He also remained heavily involved in the IUPAT and the organized labor movement. In 1978, he was elected to serve as the secretary treasurer for the Federal Employee Metal Trades Council. Five years later, he was elected as an IUPAT business representative for his local union. In the following years, he also served as an organizer and assistant business manager/secretary-treasurer for District Council 16 based in Livermore, California.
Mark has served as a trustee on a number of boards in his career, including the Painters and Allied Trades Labor Management Cooperation Initiative, and the IUPAT Industry Pension Fund.
In 2015, he was appointed to serve as general vice president for the IUPAT Western Region.
Mark currently resides with his wife in Hayward, California.