New adventures ahead for ED Kumon

Strong Towns Executive Director Jim Kumon will be leaving the organization at the end of the month to pursue new endeavors in land use, transportation and real estate development. He has been with Strong Towns for the past two years. His last day with the organization is July 31.

“This is a very different and much stronger organization than the one Jim joined two years ago,” said Charles Marohn, Strong Towns President and Founder. “We owe him a huge debt of gratitude for everything he did to professionalize our operations. We would not be where we are today without his efforts.”

In his capacity as Executive Director, Kumon modernized the organization’s accounting system and bookkeeping procedures. He also formalized the Curbside Chat program, the organization’s most successful outreach effort, while expanding the program to include other related engagements. Kumon also lead the effort to establish a membership program that has grown to over 750 members in its first 18 months.

“There is no question that Jim positioned the organization for our next leap forward,” said Board Chair Andrew Burleson. “We’re going to be building on the solid foundation he created for many years. The Strong Towns movement has benefitted greatly from his expertise.”

Beginning August 1, Kumon can be reached at and at 612-875-1196. Marohn will assume the duties of Executive Director. Strong Towns will be adding additional staff in the coming months to pursue the organization’s strategic objectives.