Welcome to Moab, Welcome to the NBA
Currently the Mayor of Moab, Emily is the founder of Community Rebuilds. She is proud of the accomplishments of the organization and interested in the pursuit of shifting the construction paradigm to be inclusive and regenerative (I have attached her photo)
Reid’s bio: Reid Saunders is a planner and builder with Community Rebuilds, an affordable strawbale home builder in Moab Utah. She came to CR as an AmeriCorps VISTA to help find more development opportunities and manage CR’s Living Building Challenge certification. With a background in Urban Planning and Historic Preservation, Reid is interested in low impact use of materials and building practices that honor the cultural and natural resources of the planet.
Ian SmithNBA - Executive Director
Ian has been on the NBA (COSBA) Board since 2005 and was named Interim Director in 2016, and then Director in 2018. He grew up landscaping and harvesting hay with the family business back east, then came to CU Boulder for an engineering degree. After graduating in 2002, he served as a team member on one of the very first Engineers Without Borders projects in Haiti and found a job in the natural building world that he quickly fell in love with. Ian has been a licensed engineer since 2008 and a husband since 2011, when he and his wife spent part of their honeymoon studying earthen arches in Auroville, India. Ian, his wife, and their daughter have recently built a strawbale house in Boulder, CO.