Mentor

Marc N. Davidson

Marc retired in 2017 after practicing architecture for 45 years.  Working primarily for
national firms including Rossetti Associates, NBBJ, and HGA, he managed a diverse
array of projects including corporate, healthcare, and sports.  Projects included Paul
Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio, as well as an extensive list of healthcare clients: 
Kaiser Permanente, UCIMC, Dignity Health, St. Joseph Health System, and Loma Linda
University Medical Center.


Marc was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, started college in the school of architecture
at Tulane University, transferred in 1972 to the University of Houston, where he interned
and completed his architectural studies. Marc met his wife Pattie (from Dallas) on
campus. Between studies, they began playing music together in local venues, finding
shared passions for art and music and eventually forming a lifelong partnership. 

 

Pattie and Marc are celebrating their 47th year of marriage this year.  They have lived in
Long Beach since 1982, have two children, and continue to play music together – both
as a duo, as well as with the local groups Second Wind and New Road Crossing!  


Marc’s wife Pattie started as Director of Tourism at the Long Beach Convention and
Visitors Council in 1982, became Director of the Buena Park Convention and Visitors
Bureau, and is currently Director of Development & Communications for Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Long Beach.  Marc currently serves on the JFCS Race With a
View fundraising event committee. 


Upon retirement, Marc sought to re-focus on the community of Long Beach after years
of traveling and commuting outside the city. He took on a leadership role for a couple of
years with Belmont Heights’ Make a Difference Day.  He returned to his roots and
passion for music, getting involved with the Long Beach Music Council to focus on
initiatives to improve access to live music for both musicians as well as the community. 
Make Music Long Beach is a key event spearheaded by the LBMC, chaired by Marc,
and of which the Long Beach Art Council is a key administrative partner.  Marc also
launched in January, Art of Song, a monthly singer-songwriter evening.


Marc is involved with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at California State University,
Long Beach, as an instructor, co-leading the Folk Jam class, and partnering with Jim
Worsham to instruct the OLLI Harmonica Workshop. He is also working with OLLI
Executive Director Barbara White, on a Music Therapy Roundtable, that will bring
together community leaders in healthcare, therapy, and music, to focus on bridging the
OLLI programs with patients in the community who might benefit from participation.