Graduate Portrait

Mark Soto

Like many vets, Mark carries scars from his time serving our country. He left the Marines disabled, but overcoming the effects of alcoholism and incarceration transformed his life—and the lives of others in the process!

While at the University of La Verne, he was integral to the success and reach of the new Veterans Center, helping to develop a strong network among his peers and even being elected President of the Veteran’s Club! After noticing hungry vets lingering around the Center, he started a breakfast program to feed those in need! Filled with this spirit of goodwill, he also mentors at-risk youth in goodwill, he also mentors at-risk youth in East Los Angeles utilizing his own inspiring story; volunteers at food pantries; and makes blankets and meals available for the homeless. Passionate about helping others, he believes that his education has amplified his leadership and business capabilities, the benefits of which he intends to share with his community. Altruism definitely runs in his blood—his children are even known to hand over their own meals to those less fortunate!