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President & Co-Founder, Strong Towns

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). He is the Founder and President of Strong Towns. Marohn has a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute.


Marohn is the lead author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns — Volume 1, Volume 2 and Volume 3 — as well as the author of A World Class Transportation System. He hosts the Strong Towns Podcast and is a primary writer for Strong Towns’ web content. He has presented Strong Towns concepts in hundreds of cities and towns across North America and in 2017 was named one of the 10 Most Influential Urbanists of all time by Planetizen.


Marohn is a long time commentator on KAXE Northern Community Radio. He currently co-hosts KAXE's Dig Deep program, a monthly examination of public policy issues affecting Minnesotans.


Chuck grew up on a small farm in Central Minnesota. The oldest of three sons of two elementary school teachers, he joined the Minnesota National Guard on his 17th birthday during his junior year of high school and served for nine years. In addition to being passionate about building a stronger America, he loves playing music, is an obsessive reader and religiously follows his favorite team, the Minnesota Twins. Chuck and his wife live with their two daughters in their hometown of Brainerd, Minnesota.


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  • Sigrid Biermann, Human Resources Business Partner, UBS 
  • Melissa Bryant, Regional Field Director, Tennessee Farm Bureau
  • Suzanne Carlson, Director, Division of Multi-modal Transportation Resources, TDOT
  • Miranda Clements, Program Manager, Nashville Connector
  • Kat Coffen, Director, SBA Strategies
  • Alfred Degrafinreid, Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Relations, Vanderbilt University
  • Doug Demosi, Planning Director, Rutherford County
  • Jimmy Granbery, Chairman & CEO, H.G. Hill Realty Company
  • Erin Hafkenschiel, Executive Director of Mobility, Vanderbilt University
  • Anthony Holt, County Mayor, Sumner County
  • John Houghton, Senior Transportation Planner, Gresham Smith
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  • Mike Matteson, Director, Planning & Zoning, Williamson County 
  • Leslie Meehan, Director of Primary Prevention, Tennessee Department of Health
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  • Mary Esther Reed, Mayor, Smyrna
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