About Open Boulder

Who We Are

Launched in 2014, Open Boulder is the voice of Boulder-area citizens who came to this community to “live, work and play,” and who want to ensure that the amazing assets that brought them here are open for all for generations to come.

We are a grassroots, nonpartisan movement of open-minded, pragmatic and moderate individuals of all ages, cultures and economic backgrounds. We are parents, we are young and not-so-young professionals, students and recent grads, long-time residents and recent arrivals. We are employees and business owners, entrepreneurs and technology workers. We are outdoor enthusiasts and outdoor athletes, we are animal lovers, and we are environmentalists.

We are forward looking, dynamic and we embrace diversity. We aren’t afraid of change done right and we want our voices to be included in shaping our community’s future. Most importantly, we are open to new ideas, new people and new ways of living, working and playing in Boulder.

What We Believe

Change is inevitable. But the right kind of change can be a powerful, positive force in the community. Indeed, to be a sustainable, healthy and economically viable community, our city and county must evolve.

Our vision for an open Boulder is that we can live, work and play in a place that:

  • Creates housing, transportation and civic solutions to enable younger generations and working people to live, work and raise families here.
  • Embraces the business community and entrepreneurs, and recognizes the importance of a robust and diverse economy to the Boulder lifestyle.
  • Values our Open Space as much for its recreational opportunities as for the urban shaping and natural habitat preservation it provides.
  • Welcomes all types of people to civic life, and allows the voices of everyone to be heard in the critical local decisions that affect our lives.
  • Fundamentally meets the needs of its citizens.

Why We’re Here

The City of Boulder and its surrounding county are widely recognized for their high quality of life. So what needs to be fixed?

The reality is that Boulder has not always handled change well. And given the many impediments to political involvement, many of the same civic leaders have continued to influence Boulder politics for decades. As a result, community conversations about issues and policies that will affect our quality of life — such as future housing, neighborhoods, transportation and City services, about Boulder companies and job growth, about the types of cultural and sporting events we should host, about access and recreation in our mountain parks and open spaces — tend to be dominated by small groups of people.

The other reality is that people like us are busy with work, school, raising a family, trying to get or stay in shape, creating a new business or working in one of the many up-and-coming companies that call Boulder home. Let’s face it, we’re all leading very, very busy lives. Finding the time to write letters, to attend City Council meetings, to be an activist … well, it just isn’t realistic.

That’s why Open Boulder formed — to be your voice, to offer a platform so you can be connected to other voices like yours, and to be sure that our city and county leaders recognize us and weigh our voices according to our numbers.

Through forums, surveys and social media, we will hear your concerns and your ideas for pragmatic solutions. We will conduct research to ensure that community conversations are driven by data and objective information tethered to the true needs of the community. Together we can present a unified voice of common sense.

What We’re Focusing On

HOUSING

Finding Ways to Keep Boulder Open to Young Families and Low- to Moderate-Income People

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HOUSING

TRANSPORTATION

Transportation

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TRANSPORTATION

OPEN SPACE

Letting More People Enjoy One of Boulder’s Greatest Gifts

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OPEN SPACE

ARTS & CULTURE

Making Boulder an Open, Welcoming Place for Creative People

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ARTS & CULTURE

INNOVATION ECONOMY

Maintaining and Increasing Momentum for Boulder’s Global Reputation for Entrepreneurism

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INNOVATION ECONOMY

GOVERNANCE

Governance

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GOVERNANCE

Executive Director

ANDY SCHULTHEISS

Executive Director

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ANDY SCHULTHEISS

Directors

JESSICA YATES

— Open Boulder Founder —
Lawyer and Civic Leader

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JESSICA YATES

BRADY ROBINSON

— Open Boulder Founder —
Executive Director of the Access Fund

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BRADY ROBINSON

MICHELLE ESTRELLA

— Open Boulder Founder —
Mom, Runner, Financial Strategist

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MICHELLE ESTRELLA

SUZY AGETON

Consultant &
Former City Council Member

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SUZY AGETON

CHRIS OZEROFF

— Open Boulder Founder —
Bioscience Entrepreneur & Attorney

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CHRIS OZEROFF

LIZ SPENCER

Marketer & Campaign Manager

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LIZ SPENCER

JIM BUTTERWORTH

— Open Boulder Founder & Chair —
Documentary Filmmaker

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JIM BUTTERWORTH

ALEX LINDSAY

Marketing Executive & Technology Entrepreneur

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ALEX LINDSAY

Steering Committee

Suzy Ageton
Mike Alkaitis
KC Becker
George Berg
Katie Blackett
Sue Deans
Jenn Dice
Jennifer Egbert
Joanne Ernst
Lori Fuller
Amy Hartman
Dan King
Jim Mapes
Mark McIntyre
E.J. Meade
Eileen Monyok
Bill Obermeier
Lindsay Searer
David Secunda

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