Application for Congressional Commission for Kathleen S Fitzgerald

Contact Information

Full Name

Kathleen S Fitzgerald

Eligible for commission

eligible

Party Affiliation

Democrat

Occupation

Self-employed independent contractor - community planner and stakeholder engagement strategist.

Educational Background

BA Psychology & Peace Studies MURP - Master of Urban and Regional Planning LEED-AP DHS - Federal Disaster Recovery Leadership Academy Rapid Prototype Thinking - Design Thinking

Zip Code

80203

Congressional District
1

Background

Past Political Activity

I have written post cards to registered voters to encourage them to vote and have donated to political campaigns included NC, ACT Blue for Democratic Candidates in 2016, 2018, & 2020 Campaigns; Emily's List, Fair Fight, Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton. Kamala Harris, Julian Castro, Biden/Harris

List of Political and Civic Organizations belonged to

Natural History Museum membership, CARE, Red Cross, Sierra Club, NPR. I have not maintained any active memberships to organizations in Denver or CO because I was traveling extensively for work.

Organization and Advocacy Experience

As a community planner, I have spent my career designing and implementing community input/public participation processes and events. As a recovery planning with FEMA, I have worked with communities across the US in designing and facilitating planning processes to develop strategic and tactical recovery plans. I supported the long term community recovery planning process in CO on behalf of FEMA after the floods in 2013. I organize and advocate for creating an inclusive and accessible process with community representation across all dimensions of diversity.

Statement

In the face of the changing demographics of Colorado, ensuring districts are representative across the state is critical to our democracy and strengthens our state. I want to use the skills and experience I have gained working in communities across this country to support my home state - Colorado's communities and it's future. I want to see the diversity of Colorado reflected in it's districts and elected officials. I want to ensure a process that is inclusive and accessible so that the output is fully reflective of the community.

Statement on Working with Consensus

and it's future. I want to see the diversity of Colorado reflected in it's districts and elected officials. I have extensive experience facilitating community wide conversations to work across differences to reach an understanding and goal. Staying focused on mission and ensuring the process is inclusive and accessible creates a buy-in and trust at the start. Also having clear working agreements for a group help define and reinforce behaviors that support fairness. It is about trusting the process and being committed to the goal of the commission and knowing that I do not need to, nor expect to agree with every outcome but ensuring the outcome is in the best interest for the community. I ask questions to understand positions and where people are coming from to find common ground. My experience being a community planning with the federal government working with states, tribes and communities, to develop a vision and plan for recovery, under intense conditions, has taught me the value and importance of remaining fair and impartial.

Relevant Analytic Skills for Commission

I will let me resume speak to this question with specifics. My technical training and experience as a community planner and stakeholder engagement strategist; having spent over 15 years helping communities navigate the rebuilding process after being devastated by a disaster; developing strategies to address complex community challenges and working with organizations to develop strategic plans.

Demographics

Racial categories the applicant identifies with:
Caucasian
Applicant identifies with the following gender

Female