A long-time volunteer and contributor to Strong Towns, Andrew is a software engineer and project manager based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. He currently serves on the Board of Strong Towns. Andrew studied Architecture in college, and was deeply impacted by his experiences studying abroad in Italy and Taiwan as a student. He’s had a diverse work life, spending a few years in newspaper publishing, urban planning, and real estate before making the switch to software. While previously living in Houston, Andrew began blogging about urbanism and helped start the CNU-Houston chapter. After getting connected to Chuck Marohn through CNU, Andrew was all-in on Strong Towns and has been a key advocate for the transition of the group from an engineering-centric blog to a broader movement-building organization.
Ian Rasmussen is a zoning attorney and urbanist. He currently serves on the Board of Strong Towns. Since discovering urbanism, he has focused his academic and professional efforts on its advancement. After graduating from Brooklyn Law School in 2008, Ian practiced zoning law in New York City for five years before transitioning full-time to the firm he founded, Urban Cartographics. These roles have offered a unique perspective on the land use process that continues to inform his views and work with urbanism. And, continue to provide an opportunity to fight for the creation of worthwhile places that are foolishly prohibited by the existing regulatory framework. He resides in Port Washington, NY with his wife Erika and daughter Olive.
John is the national Director of Local & Bipartisan Strategies for the League of Conservation Voters. He currently serves on the Board of Strong Towns. A lifelong citizen of the Pacific Northwest, he grew up in a small town in Oregon, studied at the College of Idaho, and now resides in Seattle, WA. He is a former city council member in Sandpoint, ID, a city that was described in a Strong Towns Podcast as "the most beautiful in America" (it was John describing it that way).