CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
HIGHLINE PUBLIC SCHOOLS (WA)
Mark Finstrom serves as Chief Technology Officer for Highline Public schools, serving nearly 22,000 students in Washington State. A 20-year technology veteran, he has in-depth expertise in strategic planning and operations. Mr. Finstrom is a member of cabinet, designs and orchestrates Highline’s strategic roadmap, leads the technical team and works closely with end-users and partners. Mr. Finstrom is a nationally recognized technologist. He holds a Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) certificate and is involved in several national and regional education groups. He serves as a board member for the Association of Computer Professionals in Education and a board member for the Organization for Educational Technology and Curriculum Education.
Mr. Finstrom volunteers his time to advocate for technology in education by chairing advisory boards for the Consortium of School Networking, WA K20 and Century Link CTOs. He is a contributor to education and technology publications and speaks at industry events, conferences and webinars. Mr. Finstrom is committed to equity in education, high expectations for all, and partnering with families and the community to ensure that all learners achieve their potential. His team’s work embodies the district’s strategic plan by striving to integrate tech-savvy and tech-literate goals into every pillar of the district’s work.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Finstrom served as the Operations Manager for Boulder Valley School District. There he was responsible for developing strategies to bridge the gap between traditional technologies and next-generation instructional tools. Mr. Finstrom has been instrumental in operational- and productivity-enhancing solutions while working in Minnesota, Colorado and Washington State.
He was an active farmer with his father and worked the family farm for nearly 20 years.
Mr. Finstrom graduated from Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City, IA. He earned his BS from the University of Northwestern and his MA from the University of St. Thomas.
He currently resides in Auburn, WA with his wife and three children. After hours, Mr. Finstrom enjoys spending time with his family, recreating outdoors, and creating and building solutions for projects at work and at home.