Upon graduation I moved to Washington, DC for three years to work in the field of international development at both World Learning, a nonprofit devoted to civic engagement and global education and International Resources Group (IRG) devoted to natural resource management and climate resilience.
I then returned to Colorado and worked at an engineering firm for one year before accepting a position with Jefferson County as a planner. After five years working on development review and long-range plans, I worked for the City of Golden on the Golden Vision 2030 Plan for one years and ultimately moved back to Jefferson County, but this time, Open Space, as a planner, Partnerships Coordinator and currently Planning Supervisor. I couldn’t love my job more.
I’ve loved the idea of community planning since I was a little girl playing with endless arrangements of blocks on a street grid, imagining what the sense of place felt like in my make believe worlds. As I delved deeper into the nuance of planning, I grew to love both advocacy planning at a grassroots level and ultimately environmental planning, which is a marriage of all that I love about the field.
Bridging the gap between the hard sciences and soft sciences. In environmental planning I interface regularly with biologists, ecologists, etc., so catching up, knowledge-wise with the approaches taken by hard scientist professionals has been a challenge but has helped me expand my understanding of related fields.
For me, working in the field of land conservation has been a two-fold joy. I have the privilege of being part of preserving open space in Colorado for its ecosystem services, a critical part of the fabric of any community while at the same time providing a nature-based experience for open space visitors benefiting them in a powerful mind, body, health way.