Mark Nystrom was born and raised in Minnesota and started moving once he graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul. He headed west where he began his teaching career in California. After two years in Napa, Mark spent eight years teaching physical science and math in Thailand and India. During that time, he earned a Master of Natural Science and Environmental Education. After moving to Eugene and teaching for three more years, Mark decided to change careers and enrolled in the Planning, Public Policy and Management department at the University of Oregon where he earned his Master of Public Administration. Upon graduation, Mark began his career as a policy manager for the Association of Oregon Counties where he worked until 2017. His policy expertise included Public and Mental Health, Veterans Affairs, Energy, Environment and Land Use issues at both the state and federal levels. In 2017 Mark founded New Stream Strategies, a policy and land use consulting company. Mark started working for the City of Eugene in 2018 as the Climate Recovery Ordinance Analyst. Mark also teaches part time at the University of Oregon's School of Planning, Public Policy, and Management.