A long-time volunteer and contributor to Strong Towns, Andrew is a software engineer and project manager in San Francisco, California. 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 in Houston, Andrew helped start the CNU-Houston chapter. He and Chuck met through CNU connections, and Andrew was immediately all-in on Strong Towns. Andrew 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 Reuter has spent his life working and living in the West. Born into a Greek sheep ranching family, he grew up in a small logging town in Oregon, went to school at the College of Idaho, and now lives in Seattle. While in college, he co-founded the Sandpoint Reader, a weekly arts and entertainment newspaper and later freelanced for regional and national publications, including the Washington Post. He continues to write a monthly column for the Spokane Inlander. In 2007, he was appointed and then elected to be the youngest city council member in Sandpoint, Idaho’s history and then selected by his peers to be Council President.
Today, John works as the national Director of Local & Bipartisan Strategies for the League of Conservation Voters. He currently serves on the Board of Strong Towns. He's particularly drawn to the notion that economic development is a community endeavor not just belonging to the planners.