We're thrilled to share the news that long-time contributor and founding Strong Towns member, Daniel Herriges, is taking on the role of Content Manager for Strong Towns. I'm heading off to a graduate program at Harvard Divinity School in a few weeks, and I'm very excited to be handing the reins off to Daniel.
Many of you will be familiar with Daniel because you've read his intelligent, insightful deep-dive essays on our site over the past few years. Daniel became an avid reader and supporter of Strong Towns early on. He was drawn to the way we don’t settle for easy or conventional answers—and how we explore the complexity and contradictions of cities while working to transform them in bottom-up ways to be more resilient and productive places. He has enjoyed being a guest contributor for several years, and I know he's thrilled to make the leap to full-time staff.
Daniel has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota. Originally from St. Paul, MN, his obsession with maps began before he could read. His budding environmentalism can be traced back to age four, 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 peoples' rights and conservation in the Amazon rainforest. He can often be found hiking or cycling in Sarasota, FL, where he lives with his wife.
Please give a warm welcome to Daniel!