John Stromberg

John Stromberg worked for over 20 years as an organization and management consultant, primarily in the corporate world but also with community non-profit organizations. His major emphases were on enabling small groups to work more effectively, facilitating organizational change, and training workers to do highly complex jobs involving customer contact.

He has a PhD in Business Administration and a Masters in Statistics from UC, Berkeley, and a BS in Physics from Caltech. While writing his dissertation on the Federal Defense Budget process he was an economist for the RAND Corporation, the first "think tank", in Santa Monica.

He and his wife, Jane, have been married for 41 years and have two adult daughters and three grandchildren.

A native Californian, he has lived in Oregon for 25 years. He and his wife resided in Eugene for 14 years prior to moving to Ashland in 2000. While there he received a Heart of the Arts award for his work in creating a public-private partnership to save the City of Eugene's public art gallery. He was subsequently appointed to the City's Commission on the Future of the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, which he co-chaired for a year.

John believes in community engagement. For the past four years he has been deeply involved in City government. He began as a citizen lobbying the Council to do a new plan for the Downtown and subsequently volunteered on Jack Hardesty’s successful campaign for City Council. He was appointed to the Planning Commission in spring of 2005 and completed his second term as Chair in 2008.

His goals for the City include broadening Ashland's appeal to visitors, to be not only a beautiful and enjoyable place to come for world class theater but also a renowned center for sustainability with its own university, and a retreat in trying times, where visitors can renew their energy and their hope for the future.

He also rates ensuring the long-term security of Ashland's water supply, managing wild fire risks, promoting localization of agriculture, developing a land use plan built around multi-modal transportation, and controlling city spending as high priority items for City government.

John welcomes discussing issues and concerns with members of the public, and can be reached by e-mail at, by mail at 20 East Main Street, and by phone at 541-552-2104. He keeps office hours by appointment only. Call 541-488-6002 to schedule an appointment.

John was first elected in November 2008 for a term ending December 31, 2012, and was re-elected in November 2012 for a term ending 2016.


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