A native of Colorado Springs, Mark Morland graduated cum laude from Harvard College, with a BA in Government and a Master's degree in Economic History from the London School of Economics. He was twice a candidate for Colorado State Representative, but lost the elections by narrow margins, the second time by only 29 votes. He married a redheaded photojournalist, who was covering his story for the newspaper, in 1992. They moved to Manitou Springs, built a house, and have a verbal and thoughtful daughter, who has argued that "Bacon is the key to Liberty!" In addition to his day jobs, Mark spent 10 years serving on the Manitou Springs City Council, and became Mayor for a term in 2006-07. He led the City in counting and reducing its carbon footprint, and was instrumental in the City becoming a member of the International Council of Local Government for Environmental Innovation (ICLEI) in 2007.