Updated: Feb 1
Cumberland Region Tomorrow (CRT) is thrilled to announce that Brian Straessle, a seasoned professional with expertise in public policy and public relations, has joined its Board of Directors. Brian brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be invaluable to CRT as it continues its mission to improve the quality of life for all residents of Middle Tennessee.
Brian first became involved with CRT Board through the Nashville Young Leaders Council's board fellow initiative.
Brian currently serves as executive director of the Sycamore Institute, a nonpartisan policy research center for Tennessee. A founding member of Sycamore’s leadership, he has played a crucial role in developing the organization’s signature brand of impartial and actionable research and analysis. He previously worked in public relations for architecture and engineering firm Gresham Smith and began his career in Washington, D.C. working for the U.S. House of Representatives and a national trade association.
Growing up in metro Atlanta, Brian has a unique perspective on the importance of regional coordination and responsible development patterns. He says, "My upbringing in metro Atlanta taught me the significance of regional coordination and the benefits of choosing development patterns that strengthen our communities, rather than overwhelming them with traffic and sprawl."
Brian is a proud resident of a walkable Nashville neighborhood and enjoys spending his free time playing vintage baseball, gardening, and planting trees with Root Nashville. He lives with his wife, children, and a furry feline friend.
As a member of the CRT Board, Brian will play a critical role in shaping the future of our region. CRT is the only organization in Middle Tennessee that takes a holistic view of growth and development issues facing the entire region, and provides residents with the opportunity to learn about quality of life issues and engage with local leaders who make decisions that impact their lives.