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Council Member Bob Yates

Bob Yates was elected to the City Council in November 2015, continuing his full-time service to the Boulder community that began with his retirement as Senior Vice President of Level 3 Communications on his 50th birthday.  

Originally from Omaha, in 2001 Bob and his wife and two sons moved to Boulder from London, where Bob had been serving as president of Level 3's 1700-person European operations. As he was completing his career with Level 3, Bob immersed himself in service to his new hometown of Boulder, volunteering with more than a dozen civic and nonprofit organizations, including serving as chairman of the city's Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, treasurer of the Colorado Chautauqua Association, and secretary of the Dairy Arts Center. One of Bob's proudest accomplishments was serving as president of the Boulder History Museum, leading the 75-year-old organization in its transition to the Museum of Boulder, with the construction of a new museum downtown showcasing Boulder's history of innovation. 

On the Boulder City Council, Bob is focused on increasing access to affordable housing, improving the city's transportation systems, and ensuring government accountability and transparency. Bob serves on the City Council's audit and retreat committees, is a member of the Boulder Urban Renewal Authority, is one of the city's representatives to the Downtown Business Improvement District and to the National League of Cities, and is the liaison to the Boulder-Dushanbe Sister City Committee. Bob maintains an office on the Pearl Street Mall, where he welcomes constituents, listening to their ideas, concerns, and visions for Boulder. He publishes a monthly newsletter, the  Boulder Bulletin , to which more than 2,000 Boulder residents subscribe. 

In parallel with his service on the City Council, Bob continues to be active in civic and nonprofit organizations, including serving as a commissioner of Boulder Housing Partners, and as a director of each the Downtown Boulder Foundation and the Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau. A long-time volunteer with the University of Colorado's Conference on World Affairs, Bob currently serves as chairman of CWA's moderator committee. He toils as a volunteer with the Columbia Cemetery Conservation Corps, righting and repairing headstones in Boulder's historic pioneer cemetery. And he loves reading to kindergartners as a volunteer in the YWCA's Reading to End Racism program.

Bob uses his 25 years of practice as a commercial lawyer to help prepare law students, initially at the University of Denver, and currently at the University of Colorado, where he teaches a law school class in mergers and acquisitions. 

During their 35-year marriage, Bob and his wife, Katy, have visited more than 50 countries and all 50 states. They have two grown sons living in Brooklyn. 

Business Address City Council Office, City of Boulder, 1777 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302
Phone Number 720-310-5829
Email Address [email protected]
Elected November 3, 2015
Term Expires November 19, 2019
Financial Disclosure 2018 Financial Disclosure pdf
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