Wheat Ridge 2020 - Advancing Wheat Ridge as a vibrant and sustainable community

Staff

Britta Fisher
Executive Director

Britta works to ensure that Wheat Ridge businesses are thriving and that neighbors feel pride while contributing to a vibrant Wheat Ridge. She oversees day-to-day operations and leads the team in achieving the Wheat Ridge 2020 strategic plan.Britta explored the diverse issues of the county and met great people as a graduate of Leadership Jefferson County 2010. She currently serves on the Leadership Jefferson County Alumni Association and is active in planning State Day. In 2009 Britta was a member of the Transit Alliance Citizens’ Academy, discussing the complexities of combining transportation and community development to support the regional success of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in the Metro Denver area. She now serves on the Gold Line Community Stakeholder Committee. Britta was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper and confirmed by the Colorado Senate to represent the 7th Congressional District on the State Housing Board. Britta was a member of the Colorado Blue Ribbon Panel on Housing under Governors Owen and Ritter, which was tasked with making recommendations to provide housing solutions and balance in Colorado. She is former Chair of the Colorado Housing Investment Fund Coalition, which worked to create a dedicated and dependable source of funding for affordable housing investment. For her work in affordable housing, Britta was recognized as the 2008 Housing Star Volunteer of the Year by Enterprise Community Partners. Previously, Britta worked as the Statewide Advocacy Manager for the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. She managed the Fair Housing Program, traveled the state speaking on homeless and housing issues, and encouraged advocacy through the Colorado Homeless Action Network. Her background in non-profit management also extends back to her experience as the first Executive Director for Housing Justice!, a faith-based housing advocacy organization. She holds a B.A. in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations from Wartburg College in Waverly, IA. Born into a farming family in rural Minnesota, Britta was raised in a community where service and involvement were expected. Nurtured in this environment, she has always believed in the power of people coming together to create solutions. “I feel fortunate to work professionally in a field where I can make my community a better place to live and do business,” she said.Britta and her family make their home near Panorama Park in Wheat Ridge and enjoy the nearby mountains for snowboarding, hiking, and photography.


 

Carolyn Doran
Events Manager

Carolyn Doran has been working in the nonprofit and public sector for over 20 years with experience in event management, volunteer coordination, public relations and community outreach. Before starting her work with Wheat Ridge 2020, Carolyn was a Program Director for Tesoro Cultural Center, a small cultural center that develops programming related to Colorado History. Carolyn managed numerous events including a historic lecture series, silent and live auctions, fundraising events and two large public art markets-an Indian Market & Powwow and a Spanish Colonial Art Market & Rendezvous. Carolyn earned her BA in Communications from the University of Colorado at Denver. She returned to school in 2005 and earned another BA in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Painting.Carolyn is excited to be working in Wheat Ridge. She and her husband live close by and can often be found enjoying Crown Hill with their dogs or on their bikes. During her free time, Carolyn spends time oil painting, reading, gardening and camping.

 

 

 

 


 


Colleen O’Brien
Bookkeeper and Events Coordinator

Colleen has a passion for supporting local and socially driven businesses and believes that local businesses are key to affecting change in the economic, cultural and social environment. She has a Bachelors in Economics and Masters in Business, with a work experience in a variety of fields from banking, to real estate, to non-profits. Currently Colleen is using her expertise to provide business support to local small business and startups. She considers herself a jack of all trades and provides assistance with everything from social media to finance.

Colleen is a Colorado native and went to school at the University of Colorado. She has spent a few years out of the state living in California and traveling the world. But something always brings her back to Colorado. She currently lives in Wheat Ridge and enjoys living close to Denver and close to the mountains. Colleen is passionate about the outdoors, living sustainably, gardening and travel. She likes to spend her weekends camping, listening to live music and enjoying a Colorado craft beer.


 

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