Nathan Bocks

Nathan Bocks, Mayor

Term Expires: 2023

720 Larkwood Drive
Holland MI, 49423
Phone: (616) 801-3638
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Nathan moved to Holland to attend Hope College (1989) where he met his wife Elizabeth. He graduated from Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee (1992) and started his law practice, Central Park Law, PLLC in Holland. Nathan and Elizabeth have three children and a daughter-in-law, Duncan and Michelle, Spencer, and Megan.

Community Involvement

Nathan was elected as Mayor for the City of Holland in November 2019. Over the last 20 years, he has served on 15 different community boards and commissions, including Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity, City of Holland Board of Appeals, Holland Hospital Medical Ethics Committee, Hospice of Holland Board and the Holland in Bloom Steering Committee.

He has been active in many church committees including acting as chair of the Overtures and Judicial Business Committee of the Holland Classis of the Reformed Church of America, was a member of the Executive Committee of the Holland Classis of the Reformed Church of America and the Overtures and Judicial Business Committee of the Synod of the Great Lakes for the Reformed Church of America.

Nathan has been involved in leadership development and training in Holland for many years. He graduated from Leadership Holland (now West Coast Leadership) in 1999, was the Executive Chair of the program in 2002, received the Distinguished Leadership Award for Holland in 2003 and was a trainer for the program for over 15 years. He also helped develop and implement the first curriculum for Leadership West Michigan, a collaborative leadership program including Holland, Muskegon, Grand Rapids, Grand Haven and Saugatuck.

Nathan loves Tulip Time. He has been a Tulip Time Tour Guide since 1994 and still likes to climb aboard motor coaches in full costume to show off the community he loves. Nathan was a member of the Tulip Time Board of Directors for six years and was the Chair of the 85th Tulip Time. He was a Delegate to the World Tulip Summit in 2015 and 2017, traveling to South Korea and Canada to represent Holland’s Tulip Time Festival, and in 2015 was inducted into the World Order of the Tulip by the World Tulip Summit Society.

Most recently, Nathan has been involved in the revitalization and rebirth of Holland Civic Center Place. He was on the Steering Committee, Co-chaired the successful Heart of the Community Fundraising Campaign, and served as Chair of the Civic Center Place Board.

Mayor’s Office Hours

Mayor Nathan Bocks holds regular office hours on Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  He welcomes conversations with residents and others during these office hours or at other times by appointment as his schedule permits.  If you would like to meet with him during his regular office hours, he recommends that you call the Mayor’s Office at least 24 hours in advance at 616.355.1314 or send an email to to confirm availability.