meet jack

who is Jack Shu?

A lifetime of advocacy

During my 29 year career as a California State Park Superintendent I developed management skills and created statewide community involvement programs. As president of the Cleveland National Forest Foundation for 25 years I have worked to preserve open space and protected wilderness areas. The Foundation helped to change state laws that will reduce pollution and build healthier communities. I’ve also served on the Board of Heartland Human Relations and continue to work with community organizations to protect human rights. My past experience also includes being a supervising State Peace Officer for 22 years, an instructor for Community Policing as well as a consultant for cultural diversity, youth leadership and community involvement.

For the city of La Mesa I served on the Wellness Committee to improve nutrition for our youth. Recently I advocated for the establishment of the City's Citizen Task Force on Homelessness and I also advocated for and served on the Citizen Public Safety Oversight Task Force.

Jack has been an active advocate for environmental, homelessness and social justice issues within La Mesa for the last 30 years...

Awards & Recognition

Recognition by the California Senate Rules Committee for the development of FamCamp, a program to improve access to State Parks for underserved communities

Presidents Award from the California Police Activities League

Mott Award from California Dept. of Park and Recreation as a trainer

Urban Hero Award from Los Angeles area "People for Parks" organization

More About Jack!

I grew up in Los Angeles then attended Humboldt State University to obtain a BS in Wildlife Management with an emphasis in recreation. Eight years ago I established the annual Yosemite Pilgrimage which gives recognition to the contributions of Chinese Americans and others whose stories are not well known in the history of the Sierra Nevada mountains. I like to hike, backpack, go bird watching and bake bread.

I have lived in La Mesa for 34 years and raised three children. For 39 years I’ve been married to Mary Ellen Shu, a former clinical social worker who works for the La Mesa Spring Valley School District. My two daughters and son all attended La Mesa Dale Elementary, La Mesa Middle School (now La Mesa Arts Academy). All three graduated from Helix High School as valedictorians. Together with my daughter-in-law all of them now have graduate degrees and careers.