Downtown Boulder Partnership’s (DBP) Community Advisory Board Welcomes New Members in 2022
The 2022-23 cohort advises and collaborates with DBP to foster greater inclusivity downtown
Boulder, CO [June 22, 2022] – Downtown Boulder Partnership has announced 12 members of the 2022-23 Community Advisory Board (CAB) cohort: Ingrid Castro-Campos, Soledad Diaz, Kristine Edwards, Andrew Espinosa, Brad Hugunin, Joseph Jimenez, Angie Jeffords, Mariel Kramer, Carey Mason, Ben O’Meara, Anita Speirs and Bridger Tomlin.
These community members serve to advise and collaborate on programs and policies through a justice, diversity, equity and inclusion lens (JEDI) which support and enhance stronger connections to, participation in and pride for downtown Boulder among residents.
The inaugural CAB cohort was established in 2021, and their work culminated in a set of recommendations presented to the Downtown Boulder Partnership on actionable steps to enhance JEDI work within the downtown community. These recommendations represent the start of ongoing conversation around JEDI in the community, and many are closely tied to the City of Boulder's Racial Equity Plan.
“The recommendations developed last year are strong and deep - now the challenge begins of integrating these recommendations into various conversations happening within downtown Boulder,” said Soledad Diaz, CAB Chair. “One of the most valuable takeaways from the CAB so far has been the importance of viewing downtown events and communication through a JEDI lens. There need to be voices at the table to plant a seed into every conversation about inclusivity.”
Moving forward, the 2022-23 cohort seeks to build on conversations around inclusiveness and integrate its recommendations into the community. “The development of the CAB has been a step forward for downtown Boulder to begin more in depth conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion, now the conversation and resulting actions must continue with this new cohort,” said Chip, Downtown Boulder’s CEO. “We are especially excited about and eager to incorporate the CAB’s perspective into downtown’s five year vision plan, with JEDI at the core of our process.”
The 12 member CAB cohort will serve a two-year term. “As advisory board members, we don’t speak for everyone in town with the same identity that we hold,” said Soledad. “We bring our own lived experience to the table, but by no means do we intend to be the voice of everyone else that holds the same identity.”
As the Downtown Boulder Partnership continues work on its five year vision plan, it will be seeking feedback from a wide range of community members and stakeholders to compliment the guidance of the CAB. “When looking to the future of downtown, we really want to focus on engaging as many people in the community as possible,” said Chip. “Downtown is the heart and soul of Boulder - and as such the entire community should be centered in its vision.”
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About Downtown Boulder Partnership
Downtown Boulder Partnership (DBP) is a non-profit organization, originally founded in 1984 as Downtown Boulder Incorporated, dedicated to the continued preservation, promotion and enhancement of Downtown Boulder as the heart of the greater Boulder community. With a mission to maintain Downtown as the center of commerce, government, culture and leisure, DBP’s membership supports the overall vitality of Downtown through public advocacy, political involvement and by producing year-round community events that enhance the Boulder experience for residents and visitors.