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I have devoted much of my life to public service.

Soon after completing my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in English at CU Boulder, I became involved in Boulder neighborhood issues in my West Pearl neighborhood and participated in the Boulder Neighborhood League.

In 1985, I was elected to a four year term on the Boulder City Council and was an active councilwoman who facilitated real change and progress. Here are six of the things I am most proud of:

  • Chaired the first Transportation Master Plan Committee which created the Hop, the Skip, and the Jump
  • Authored, with city planner, Gary Lacy, the Tributary Greenways Plan to put off-street bike paths along Boulder’s tributary creeks to facilitate bike transit throughout the city
  • Helped broker the agreement with CU that allowed development of the East Campus Research Park (between 30th and 47th and Colorado and Arapahoe)
  • Enacted the “Bubble Zone” ordinance which set a model for the rest of the country for safer passage for people entering health facilities.  This ordinance went clear to the US Supreme Court and was upheld, then was adopted by Denver and other cities
  • Enacted an environmental assessment process for city capital construction projects
  • Created perhaps the first (and maybe only) Pesticide Ordinance to protect Boulder citizens and the environment against pesticides.

In 1987, I was selected to attend the Harvard Kennedy School of Government  as a Gates Fellow and gained many insights into how “clean” our local Boulder government was and how important the role of community participation is in keeping it transparent and free of corrupting influences.

In 1990, I moved with my husband and two children to Costa Rica where we lived for a year. While there, I helped construct the Guia Ecologica, a guide to Costa Rica’s environmental NGOs and their respective missions.

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Cindy at the summit of Mount Sanitas recently.

Returning to Boulder, I continued my public service through involvement with city petitions, and was a member of the organizing committee for Boulder’s Campaign Finance Reform Initiative.

In 1997, I again traveled abroad for a year to learn about the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands. This further broadened my global perspective and understanding of laws, fairness, and human justice. We lived for a year without a car, using public transportation exclusively, enhancing my understanding of well-planned cities.

In 2002, I was elected to a six-year term on the University of Colorado Board of Regents.  Among the highlights of my accomplishments:

  • Served as chair of the Capital Construction Committee
  • Was a founding member of the Center for Energy and Environmental Security at CU-Boulder Law School
  • Advocated for making Folsom Stadium the first “Green Stadium” in the country, through adopting zero-waste and carbon reduction programs
  • Served on the board of the Art History and Art Department, and supported free speech, student rights, and gay rights

Since 2009, I have served on the board of the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, a field research station near Crested Butte, and in 2015 was elected as an Officer of the Board.

But my greatest source of pride is my children. My daughter Dara is a reporter for CNET in San Francisco and just completed a major trip to Angola and Rwanda reporting on continuing landmine problems and health issues, respectively, in these African countries. My son Baine is an attorney for the State of California who works on environmental and land use issues, and his husband Jason is the lawyer for a non-profit organization that advocates for the Chumash Native American people and the environment.

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