Making Connections, Advancing Inclusive Engagement

Community Members Connect Underrepresented Voices and City Government

Community Connectors empower the City of Boulder to make better decisions by elevating the experiences and voices of historically excluded communities.

Community Connectors build trust in city government by partnering to co-design culturally proficient community engagement that strengthens a thriving community and a responsibly governed city.

Community Connectors play a crucial role in bridging the gap between community members and city government, sharing resources, facilitating two-way dialogue, and surfacing arising issues or community concerns.

Community Connectors receive a stipend for their commitment, time, and expertise.

Active Community Connector programs and projects include:

Community Connectors-in-Residence

  • Focus: Support the voices and build the power of historically excluded communities by reducing barriers to community engagement, advancing racial equity, and surfacing the ideas, concerns, and dreams of community members.
  • Dates: January 2021 – present
  • Eight Community Connectors

Emergency Response Connectors

  • Focus: Building trust between community members and local government, sharing COVID updates and public health guidelines, outreaching and navigating for basic needs services, and surfacing the issues and ideas of community members
  • Dates: March 2020 – present
  • 14 Community Connectors

Downtown Places

  • Focus: Ensure that investments to the Downtown area – including improvements to parks and public spaces, utilities, and transportation and mobility connections – help make Boulder’s Downtown Area a more welcoming, enjoyable, inclusive and dynamic place for all of our community, visitors and businesses.
  • Dates: January 2024 – December 2025
  • Two Community Connectors

NoBo Library and Park on Violet Avenue

  • Focus: Work collaboratively with Library and Parks & Rec staff to co-design and engage residents in a series of engagement activities to support the design and activation of outdoor spaces at the new North Boulder library as well as the design, naming, and opening of a new park on Violet Avenue.
  • Dates: April 2023 – December 2024
  • Three Community Connectors

Parks & Recreation Seasonal Hiring Campaign

  • Focus: support with the development of marketing materials and content, the outreach of this opportunity within diverse communities by connecting with community organizations and members.
  • Dates: January to April 2023 and January to April 2024
  • One Community Connector

Concluded Community Connector projects include:

  • Parks & Recreation Strategic Plan Update
  • Reimagining Policing Plan
  • Comprehensive Flood and Stormwater Strategic Plan Update
  • Summer of Discovery
  • Revitalizing Access in Boulder
  • Recovery Equity Connectors
  • City Text Boulder
  • East Boulder Subcommunity Planning Working Group
  • Citywide Retail Study
  • Mayors Challenge