Kathleen S Fitzgerald
Self-employed independent contractor. I am community planner working as a independent contractor for non-profits doing equity, diversity and inclusion training and strategy development with organizations in the environmental movement.
BA - Psychology and Peace Studies MURP - Masters of Urban and Regional Planning; Community Planning / Community Engagement / Land Use Planning / Disaster Recovery Planning/ LEED AP - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Dept of Homeland Security - National Disaster Recovery Coordination Leadership Academy Prototyping Thinking Intensive - Design Thinking
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
Natural History Museum membership, CARE, Red Cross, Sierra Club, NPR. NCCC Americorps Denver Alumni. I have not maintained any active memberships to organizations in Denver or CO because I have spent the past 15 years traveling extensively for work.
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.
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 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 and communities, FEMA to develop a vision and plan for recovery, under intense conditions, has taught me what is means to be fair and impartial.
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.