City Council Member
Bob Yates was elected to the Boulder City Council in November 2015 and was re-elected in November 2019 to another four-year term.
Originally from Omaha, in 2001 Bob and his wife and their two sons moved to Boulder from London, where Bob had been serving as president of the Level 3 Communications European operations. When he retired from Level 3 in 2011, 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, economic vitality, and ensuring government accountability and transparency. Bob serves on the City Council's audit, retreat, community engagement, and intergovernmental affairs committees, is one of the city's representatives to the Downtown Business Improvement District and to the National League of Cities, and is the council liaison to the Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau and to Boulder-Dushanbe and Boulder-Nablus sister city committees. As Mayor Pro Tem, he serves as a director of the Mile High Flood District. Committed to government transparency, Bob publishes a monthly newsletter about city council, the Boulder Bulletin, to which more than 5,000 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 director and vice chairman of the Downtown Boulder Foundation. A long-time volunteer with the University of Colorado's Conference on World Affairs, Bob serves as chairman of CWA's moderator committee. He works as a volunteer with the Columbia Cemetery Conservation Corps, righting and repairing headstones in Boulder's historic pioneer cemetery and portraying 19th century Boulder leader Andrew Macky in the biennial Meet the Spirits celebration. He loves reading and playing guitar with kindergartners as a volunteer in the YWCA's Reading to End Racism program.
Bob is a graduate of the University of Scranton and the University of California Hastings College of the Law. Bob uses his 25 years of practice as a business lawyer to help prepare law students, sometimes serving as an adjunct professor at the law schools at University of Denver and the University of Colorado.
During their 37-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.