Mark Hallam was appointed to the Newton City Council in 2018 as the representative for Ward 1. He graduated from NHS in 1979. His professional experience includes counseling and administrative positions at Drake University, Capella University, and the University of Minnesota. He returned to Newton in 2001 and has been a consultant for small businesses and non-profit organizations. He is currently active on the boards of the Newton Housing Development Corporation, the Newton Community Educational Foundation, and the NHS Alumni Association.