Andy Schultheiss Hired as Open Boulder’s Initial Executive Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Boulder, CO – February 12, 2015 – Open Boulder and Open Boulder Foundation, new sister organizations dedicated to building a better place to live, work, and play for a diverse spectrum of people in the City and County of Boulder, is pleased to announce Andy Schultheiss as its new interim Executive Director. He started with Open Boulder in January.
Schultheiss served on Boulder’s City Council from 2003 to 2007, and more recently has been District Director for Congressman Jared Polis (CO-2). Before 2008, he spent fifteen years in the environmental advocacy arena. He brings to the table a wealth of experience in political campaigns, issue advocacy, and related fields.
“I am excited to assume leadership of Open Boulder. The founders of Open Boulder have worked hard for almost a year and a half to lay the groundwork for the organization, and now we’re poised to make an impact in the lives of the people of Boulder. There are many pressing issues facing our community, which has longed for a voice like ours.”
“Andy is the perfect fit for Open Boulder, both for our launch and to reach our full potential,” said Board Chair Jim Butterworth. “We needed an executive director who understood Boulder, its citizens, and its politics, but also an executive director who was anxious to change some of the governance trends we’ve seen recently that have frustrated so many in our community.”
Open Boulder will be active in this Fall’s municipal elections, and will advocate for practical solutions to the City’s and County’s pressing problems that are responsive to as great a diversity of residents as possible, and will encourage greater participation in local governance.
About Open Boulder
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.