Councilman Erik D. Curren

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Contact

540.466.6128
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Term

  • July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2020
  • First elected to Council in 2012

About

Councilman Curren was born and raised in Chicago and has been a resident of Staunton since 2007. He and his wife, Lindsay, have two daughters, Anwyn and Chloe.

Occupation

Author and communications consultant to the solar power industry

Education

Washington and Lee University, BA in English, 1987. University of California, PhD, English, 1995. Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at UVA, 2009.

Council Duties

Councilman Curren chairs the Food Policy Council, serves on the Ag-Forestal Advisory Committee, the Tourism Advisory Board, and the Virginia Municipal League’s Environmental Committee.

Civic Engagement

Co-founder of Transition Staunton Augusta; publisher of TransitionVoice.com; and instructor at Blue Ridge Community College and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UVA.

Past civic engagement includes serving as the founding board member of Staunton Creative Community Fund; co-founder of Staunton Green 2020; founder of the Arts and Culture Council of Staunton; board member of Staunton Downtown Development Association; board member of Virginians for the Arts; board member of Sierra Club Shenandoah Group; and visiting instructor in the Czech Republic and India.

Interests

Councilman Curren believes in a strong local economy, community resilience, local food and food freedom,
energy efficiency and clean energy, sustainable economic opportunity and social equity. He is the author of the non-fiction books Buddha's Not Smiling (2006) and The Solar Leap (2016).