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Boulder Names Assistant City Managers and New Parks and Recreation Director

Yvette Bowden, Alison Rhodes and Pam Davis named to new positions

City Manager Jane Brautigam today announced that Parks and Recreation Director Yvette Bowden has been named assistant city manager/director of Community Vitality and Parks and Recreation deputy director Alison Rhodes has been promoted to director of Parks and Recreation. Brautigam also announced that senior management analyst Pam Davis has been named assistant city manager filling the vacancy created by Chris Meschuk’s promotion to deputy city manager.

Bowden, who has managed the Parks and Recreation and Community Vitality departments since August 2018, will now be fully focused on Boulder’s connectivity and inclusivity in economic, cultural and social climates as the assistant city manager/director of Community Vitality effective Feb. 10. In this role, Bowden reports directly to the City Manager to establish a vision for Community Vitality and aid the city in carrying out council’s desire to have citywide services, facilities and initiatives delivered in a creative, equitable and solutions-oriented manner.  Bowden will continue to lead Boulder’s innovative programs around the citywide retail strategy, Parking Pricing and Access Programs such as the new Three to Three for $3 parking program, and will serve as Boulder’s primary business and nonprofit liaison to enhance the city brand and partner with the community toward long-range planning and fiscal sustainability.

“Strengthening our long-term economic sustainability requires a leader who understands the needs of the business community, the individuals who live and work here,  and the values that have made Boulder a special place for so many of us,” said Brautigam. “Yvette has that special mix to partner with the community for an equitable approach to growing our economy and maintaining community values.”

Prior to joining the city, Bowden held senior leadership positions in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors addressing issues of strategy, community engagement, public-private partnerships, law, fundraising and global inclusion.  She holds business and juris doctorate degrees from Pace University Lubin School of Business and the School of Law, was a member of the 2012 Class of the Urban Land Institute Center of Excellence, is a graduate of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service’s LEAD program at the University of Virginia, and has served on several national organization Boards of Directors.

“I am also confident that we have a strong foundation in place for the Parks and Recreation Department and that we have the right person to follow in Yvette’s footsteps,” added Brautigam. “Ali Rhodes has nearly two decades of experience in the department and has served in nearly every role from the finance team to managing our recreation centers to most recently serving as the deputy director for Parks and Recreation. I am very excited that she continue to lead the department as the Parks and Recreation director on Feb. 10.”

Rhodes joined the city in 2002 and previously held roles as deputy director, project manager for the 2014 Parks and Recreation Master Plan, Recreation Center supervisor, sports coordinator and administrative specialist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Spanish from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. Rhodes is an active member in several associations promoting the development and growth of local government and parks and recreation professionals, including the National Parks and Recreation Association (NRPA), International City Managers Association (ICMA), Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) and holds a leadership role with the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) Directors’ section. She is a graduate of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service’s LEAD at the University of Virginia and the Senior Executive Institute (SEI) and Leadership-ICMA.

“I am also pleased to announce that Senior Management Analyst Pam Davis has been named assistant city manager filling the vacancy created by Chris Meschuk’s promotion to deputy city manager,” said Brautigam.

Davis will become assistant city manager on April 6 and has worked in local government since 2013. She joined the City of Boulder in 2018. As a senior management analyst, Davis has led and served as a key contributor to several cross-departmental projects, including as the co-staff liaison to the Police Oversight Taskforce, collaborating with the Office of Emergency Management, and as the community LGBTQIA+ liaison.  Davis holds Bachelor of Arts in Government from Smith College and a Master of Public Administration from Arizona State University. She also is a graduate of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service’s LEAD program at the University of Virginia.

Published: February 7, 2020

Media Contacts:

Patrick von Keyserling, Communication Director, 303-441-4959