Mayor Stromberg worked in the private sector for over 20 years as an organization and management consultant. His major emphases were on enabling groups to work together more effectively, facilitating organizational change, and training workers to do highly complex jobs.
He has a PhD in Business Administration and a Masters in Statistics from UC, Berkeley, and has a Bachelors degree in Physics from Caltech. He was recruited by the Economics Dept. of the RAND Corporation, where he did his dissertation on the “Internal Mechanisms of the Defense Budget Process”.
A native Californian, he and his wife, Jane, have lived in Oregon for 30 years. Prior to moving to Ashland in 2000, they spent 14 years in Eugene. While there John received the 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.
His goals for our 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 as a renowned center for sustainability and education with its own university.
He’s also focusing on ensuring the long-term security of Ashland's water supply, managing wild fire risks, promoting self-sufficiency and preparedness, developing innovative approaches to housing and shelter, furthering diversity and inclusion, and enabling the entire community to become more resilient in the face of continual and unexpected change..The foundation for all of which is person-to-person relationships of integrity, honesty and trust
Mr. Stromberg was first elected Mayor in November 2008, was re-elected in November 2016.
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