Wendy Lynn Bolyard
Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver
PhD Public Affairs, University of Central Florida; MA Education Administration, West Virginia University; BS Journalism, West Virginia University.
Donations: Gary Peters, Doug Jones, Jaime Harrison, MJ Hegar, Theresa Greenfield, Cal Cunningham, Sara Gideon, Alan Gross, John Hickenlooper, Jon Osoff, Barbara Bollier, Raphael Warnock, Steve Bullock, Mike Espy, Biden Victory Fund, Mark Kelly, Jason Crow, John Ronquillo, Amy McGrath, Fair Fight, Joe Biden, Stop Republicans.
Secretary, Alliance of Nonprofit Educators; Board Member, American Society for Public Administration, Section on Public Administration Education.
I have no experience in organizing, representing, advocating for, or considering the interests of groups, organizations, or associations in Colorado.
Democracy requires that people partner in the process of governing. Although we have a representative democracy and rely on our elected officials to represent our interests, citizen engagement through opportunities like the Colorado Independent Redistricting Commission is essential for democracy to function and to avoid policy failure. The commission is an example of coproduction whereby my service as a citizen extends the work of government. Now more than ever, citizens must know our elections are fair and that starts with voting districts. I wish to serve on the commission to ensure that all voters in Colorado have fair representation.
My teaching philosophy centers on equity thus being fair, just, inclusive, and impartial are central tenets of my work. In the classroom, it is important to me to hear from all students while exploring various viewpoints on complex and multi-faceted issues. Commissioners must commit to listening first and as Stephen Covey said, seek to understand before being understood. Modeling open-mindedness and patience through my natural tendency to facilitate will be beneficial to promoting agreement.
As an assistant professor at CU Denver, I teach research and analytic methods to graduate students. I am able to form sound beliefs and judgements based on available evidence. My logical-reasoning, or critical thinking, skills will serve the commission, and the Coloradoans this work will benefit, well.