Josh Birks has been Economic Health and Redevelopment Director since 2012 and was previously the Economic Advisor for the City. During his tenure as Director, Josh has guided the Economic Health Office through several transitions, including movement to the Sustainability Service Area, expansion to include Innovation and the Climate Economy, and growth to six staff members. In that time, the office has helped retain a major corporate headquarter, overseen the $330 million redevelopment of the community major mall, and supported the development of a number of cluster initiatives. Josh is an expert in economic development, real estate finance, market analysis and cluster development. He attended the University of Denver and graduate school in Urban and Regional Planning at Portland State University.
SeonAh Kendall, CPA serves as the City of Fort Collins Economic Health Manager, where she focuses on business retention and expansion, talent development/recruitment and special projects to ensure a vibrant Fort Collins economy. Prior to her work for the City of Fort Collins, SeonAh was Business Program Director/Faculty at Front Range Community College. SeonAh has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in financial and tax accounting from Colorado State University.
SeonAh serves on several boards such as Front Range Community College Foundation, NoCO Manufacturing Partnership and the Economic Development Council of Colorado (EDCC). She is also members of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), Economic Development Research Partnership (EDRP), EDCC and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA).
With a background in “Triple-Bottom Line” venture development, carbon sequestration, climate smart agriculture, and small business finance and banking, Sean brings a unique perspective on the nexus of financial development and environmental stewardship. He has more than two decades of public and private sector economic and entrepreneurship development experience. Most recently, he had served as the Senior Technical Advisor for Agribusiness & Microenterprise with Project Concern International, where he designed integrated multi-year economic development programs across 14 countries in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and he also provided leadership to international country directors, local and national governments, and technical teams in those countries.
Sean is a member of the Board of Directors of ACCION USA, the largest micro and small business lending network in the United States, and also serves on the ACCION board in California, as a Finance and Executive Committee Member and past Board Treasurer for more than nine years. Sean is also a founding member of a new Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that provides small business loans to legally admitted refugees in Arizona, Nevada, and California.
Shannon is part of the business support team for the Economic Health Office of the City of Fort Collins, as a Business Specialist. Her focus is business engagement for small to medium-sized businesses. As a former marketing and community manager, she not only managed events and marketing strategies, she also helped connect clients with community events, programs, and resources. Her favorite part of her job is meeting with business owners of all sizes one-on-one to hear their real-life stories.
Shannon is currently the staff liaison for the Women's Commission. Most recently, she sat on the steering committee for Envision Young Professionals for the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce and was on the board of the South Fort Collins Business Association for four years. She is a graduate of Leadership Fort Collins and has been involved in the steering and planning committee.
Jensen Morgan joined the Economic Health team this past January. He is focused on providing data analysis, facilitating metric development, and building a regional economic data collaborative. More recently he has taken on management of Fort Collins industry clusters program. His background is in triple bottom line sustainability and data analysis.
Erin Zimmermann joined the Economic Health Office in January of 2018. She has over a decade of nonprofit and volunteer experience, with expertise in strategic planning, board development, program management and community engagement. Some of her highlights include helping corporations develop, track, and evaluate their employee volunteer programs; working on a global project on high performing board and CEO partnerships; and launching Colorado Reading Corps, a literacy tutoring program in two local school districts.
Erin is a Leadership Loveland Alumni, 40 Under 40 award recipient, United Way Worldwide Fellow, and a self-proclaimed life-long learner. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Colorado State University and a M.S. in Counseling from University of Phoenix.