My husband, Jim Cunningham, and I discovered Durango when we were preparing to backpack the Colorado Trail. We wanted to return to the rural West (as we had lived in Wyoming, Montana, and eastern Washington for many years) and were looking for a community that cares about each other, wants to protect the environment, and values community engagement in the addressing challenges and opportunities. We found that in Durango and moved here in 2015. In Durango, my volunteer efforts include serving on the board of the Durango Independent Film Festival and The Durango Playfest. I have served on the Durango Public Arts Commission, and as a member of the Durango Arts and Cultural Working Group.
My professional career has spanned more than 30 years with executive leadership positions at the University of Washington, Whitman College, Columbia University and New York University. My experience and expertise is in strategic planning, capacity building, resource mobilization, change management, and partnership development. My clients include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Food Program, USA-based non-profits, and international organizations. I have overseen budgets from $2 million to $38 million and managed teams up to 160 people. For twelve years, I worked with people in rural villages in Africa and Asia to promote sustainable development. This work involved addressing infrastructure needs (water, energy, and broadband), job creation, improving agriculture and food systems, developing markets for products, attracting corporate investment, securing government financing for programs, and diversifying the economy -- issues Durango also faces.
My husband and I have been married for 39 years and enjoy XC skiing, kayaking, bicycling, and backpacking. We can often been seen strolling Main Avenue with our 16 year old dog, Bono.