Short Biography of Mike Griffiths
A native Southern Californian, I have lived in Torrance for over 33 years. I’m the father of two sons, now 26 and 27, who both attended Torrance Public Schools from Kindergarten to graduation from South High. Their participation in programs like AYSO soccer, Little League and School Band made an important difference in their lives, so I am forever grateful for this city and this community.
I love Torrance, it’s such a great place to live. We have vibrant businesses, excellent schools, safe neighborhoods, and friendly people who care about our community. In 1986, I started my own Computer Systems and Networking business here in Torrance, which, after almost 15 years of growth, I sold in 2000, just prior to the so-called ‘dot-com’ crash. Being a business owner and employer has helped me understand the challenges local business owners face every day.
Over the past 22 years, I have devoted myself to volunteer community service in an effort to give something back to this community, which has given so much to me. I want to see our City remain a vibrant place, a place that people want to live, work, and shop.
I was sworn in to the Torrance City Council on August 12, 2014. My community service includes volunteering for the City as a Commissioner on multiple Commissions and I now serve on the boards of the Torrance-South Bay YMCA and the Torrance Salvation Army, where I am also currently the Board Chair.
Prior to becoming a City Councilmember, I served on the Torrance Planning Commission, and previously served 8 years on the Environmental Quality and Energy Conservation Commission, the last 3 years of which I served as Chairperson.
I began volunteering with the Torrance South-Bay YMCA 22 years ago, and now serve on their Board of Managers. For each the last 10 years, I have lead nearly 300 volunteers conducting the annual YMCA community support campaign. During these campaigns, we have helped raise millions of dollars, which stays right here in our community to serve those who otherwise could not afford the valuable programs that the Y offers, such as senior meals and programs, swim lessons, summer camps, and childcare, just to name a few.
As my children attended Torrance schools, I volunteered on the band board, graduation committee, was a regular field trip chaperon and many other volunteer positions.
I also was fortunate enough to have had the time to be the primary caretaker for both of my parents as they each fought, and ultimately lost their battles against cancer. This process probably taught me more than all my years of school and work combined, strengthening my skills including patience, compassion, and dedication.