Letter: Godes – a proven leader
March 19, 2017
My wife and I moved to Glenwood a decade ago, and our family has since added two fantastic daughters. We live and drive on Midland Avenue and daily navigate potholes, people swerving to avoid the potholes and the occasional rockfall debris. We see the traffic congestion on Midland that could be alleviated with a South Bridge. I know that these are the experiences of myself and my neighbors because I have knocked on every residence in South Glenwood at least three times, and have had personal conversations with over 300 of you since the start of my campaign.
My life has been dedicated to public service, focused on improving the lives of children and investing in quality of life initiatives to grow our community. I started a Boys & Girls Club in Craig and served as its executive director. I was as an assistant department director for the City of Aspen before starting a new nonprofit seven years ago in Glenwood Springs called the Early Childhood Network where I have served it as executive director ever since. I am a member and director of numerous local, regional and state boards/commissions, including the Early Head Start State Governing Board, Roaring Fork School District's District Accountability Committee and the Aspen Community Foundation's Cradle to Career initiative to name a few.
I received my master of business administration in 2003 and have used that knowledge to lead boards, committees and councils in shaping our community. I have guided organizations through long-term strategic planning and visioning. I have raised over $4 million in grants for programs in our communities. I have presented to City Council many times as a municipal employee. Working with high-level decision makers and achieving consensus has been a hallmark of both my career and personal life.
There is a difference between being a just a strong voice and a strong voice with the experience and ability to effect change. My experience, education, work ethic and willingness to listen makes me the best candidate to fight for our concerns in south Glenwood.