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.
Rachel Quednau is a Midwesterner currently living in Milwaukee, WI. She serves as Communications Specialist for Strong Towns. 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. In addition to writing for Strong Towns, Rachel writes for her blog The City Space. One of her favorite ways to get to know a new city is by going for a run in it.
Jason Schaefer serves as Strong Towns' Member Support Specialist. Jason has always had a strong interest in cities and has lived in some great ones, including Almuñécar, Spain; Missoula, MT; Boston, MA; Washington, DC; Fargo, ND; and, of course, Grand Forks, ND. Last year, he was awarded a McCloy Fellowship to study urban sustainability initiatives while visiting Amsterdam and seven cities across Germany.
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.