Charles Marohn - known as "Chuck" to friends and colleagues - is a Professional Engineer (PE) licensed in the State of Minnesota and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Chuck is the Founder and President of Strong Towns. He has a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute.
He is the author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns (Volume 1) and A World Class Transportation System as well as the host of the Strong Towns Podcast and a primary writer for Strong Towns’ web content. He has spoken in dozens of towns and cities across North America, and speaks regularly for diverse audiences and venues.
Andrew Price has been a regular contributor to Strong Towns since 2013 and is a founding member of the organization. Andrew is a software developer by day and an urbanist by night. He is passionate about traditional urbanism – he believes in fine-grained, highly walkable places that are built for people. He grew up in Australia and now lives in the United States with his wife. Andrew is a regular contributor on Strong Towns and runs his own blog, andrewalexanderprice.com. You can find many of his photographs throughout the Strong Towns website. Andrew’s motivation to be involved in Strong Towns and urbanism is to create a great place that he and his wife, and one day their children and their future generations will want to call home.
Rachel Quednau serves as Communications Specialist for Strong Towns and has been a regular contributor and podcast host for Strong Towns since 2015. Rachel is a Midwesterner currently living in Milwaukee, WI. Previously, she worked for several organizations fighting to end homelessness at the federal and local levels. She draws from her experiences living in New York City, Washington, DC, Walla Walla, WA and Minneapolis, MN to help her build better places wherever she is. You can find her musings on Twitter @rquednau. One of her favorite ways to get to know a new city is by going for a run in it.
Sarah Kobos has been a regular contributor for Strong Towns since early 2016. She is an urban design nerd and community activist from Tulsa, OK. Her superpower is the ability to transform almost any topic into a conversation about zoning. When not trapped in her corporate cubicle, she explores other cities and writes about urban design and land use issues at AccidentalUrbanist.com.
Johnny Sanphillippo has been a regular contributor for Strong Towns since 2014. He is an amateur architecture buff with a passionate interest in where and how we all live and occupy the landscape, from small rural towns to skyscrapers and everything in between. He travels often, conducts interviews with people of interest, and gathers photos and video of places worth talking about (which he often shares on Strong Towns). Johnny writes for Strong Towns, and his blog, Granola Shotgun.
Nathaniel Hood has been a regular contributor for Strong Towns since 2011 and was the first person to ever donate money to Strong Towns. He is a founding member of Streets.MN and lives in St. Paul. Nate can be found online at Thoughts on the Urban Environment and Streets.MN. Nate also runs a weekly newsletter that includes two short, smart, witty paragraphs, and one local Twin Cities recommendation. You can sign up here.
Daniel Herriges has been a regular contributor to Strong Towns since 2015 and is a founding member of the organization. Daniel is a Master's student in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Minnesota. His obsession with maps began before he could read. His budding environmentalism can be traced back to age 4, when he yelled at his parents for stepping on weeds growing in sidewalk cracks. His love of great urban design and human-scaled, livable places has also been lifelong. Daniel has a B.A. from Stanford University in Human Biology with a concentration in Conservation and Sustainable Development. After college, he worked as an environmental activist for several years, in support of indigenous people's rights and conservation in the Amazon rainforest. He can often be found hiking or cycling. Daniel is from St. Paul, Minnesota.
Matthias Leyrer has been a regular contributor to Strong Towns since 2014. He is an aspiring developer and advocate. A designer by trade, he looks to fill the mundanity of the work week by writing about urban planning, land use and transportation at his blog, keycity.co. He is inspired by the idea that every city deserves the chance to be beautiful and that we can build cities and towns worth passing on to the next generation. In addition to writing for his blog, Matthias assists Strong Towns with graphic design, including the creation of our Strong Towns memes.
Gracen Johnson has been a regular contributor for Strong Towns since 2014 and is a founding member of the organization. She calls her work, "Projects for Places we Love." She mostly helps individuals and organizations with strategy, research, communications, and outreach. Despite finishing her MPhil in Planning, Growth, and Regeneration in 2013, she has never stopped studying the city. Gracen thinks of her day-to-day as action research, diving into the question of how Strong Citizenship can transform a place. She lives with her partner in the The Maritimes. In her regular column, Field Notes, you'll get snapshots of life as a friendly neighbour in a little city. Gracen has also created (and continues to create) many of Strong Towns' short films.
Sara Joy Proppe has been a regular contributor for Strong Towns since early 2016. She works by day as a Project Manager in real estate development in the Twin Cities where she oversees a variety of mixed-use and multifamily historic and urban infill projects. In her free time, she is developing Proximity Project to educate and activate churches to be stewards of the built environment. She loves to write and speak on the connections between theology and our design and use physical space.
Wondering why your local government is claiming it needs to widen a street to make it "safer"? Trying to make sense of the outdated zoning codes in your city? R. Moses has the answer. From the Strong Towns membership, we've assembled a panel of licensed engineers to answer your questions under the collective pseudonym R. Moses. In doing this, we hope to give licensed professionals a chance to speak to important issues without fear of reprisal from their peers or employers. Submit your engineering question anonymously and R. Moses will do his best to answer it in a future post.
The Incremental Development Alliance (IDA) is led by Jim Kumon, R. John Anderson and Monte Anderson. Long-time friends of Strong Towns, they began contributing content regularly in 2015, writing about their workshops and projects as small scale developers. The Incremental Development Alliance envisions a network of small developers who build flexible buildings that enhance their neighborhood context and a small business culture that creates new opportunities for merchants and entrepreneurs who can build wealth in their communities. IDA is at the nexus of real estate and economic development, splicing together a new strategy for economic prosperity at the most local level - our neighborhoods.
Michelle Erfurt works as Strong Towns' Pathfinder. Guided by a passion for helping people, Michelle navigates people through the process of bringing a Strong Towns event to their area. Her first career is in music therapy. She spent her clinical years working to decrease pain, improve coping, and enhance interpersonal relationships of hospice and hospitalized patients.
Michelle became interested in the topic of city design, the influence of the built environment, and planners after marrying into the field. She infrequently shares her perspective as a non-planner married to a new urbanist through her spouse’s blog: Restless Urbanist.
Yuri serves as Community Builder for Strong Towns. He is a community engagement and digital communications specialist with a passion for urban planning, public participation and social media. He has a Master of Public Administration degree and has over 15 years of public policy research, analysis, advocacy, and communications experience. He is also the Executive Director of the Vancouver City Planning Commission, an associate editor of Spacing Vancouver and an elected director of the Co-operative Housing Federation of British Columbia. When he isn't building community online, Yuri can be found training for his next marathon.