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Dept Head: Beth Sowder

LGBTQIA+ Subcommittee

In May 2016, the City formed an LGBTQIA+ committee composed of City staff and two community liaisons. The goal of the subcommittee is to ensure our LGBTQIA+ community is safe, valued and affirmed within the City organization and community at large.

To that end, we have established a Police Services liaison; attended collaborative meetings with Poudre School District, Northern Colorado Equality, and One Colorado to help support transgender students in the school district; issued a proclamation for Pride Month every year since 2016; and are currently reviewing the City's purchasing procedures to ensure LGBT and gender identity are covered in all relevant non-discrimination clauses.

The committee is also working closely with the Human Rights Campaign to elevate our municipal rating.

Watch the committee receiving the Pride Month Proclamation (June 2018)
HUD LGBTQ+ discrimination resources for housing, health and human services, employment, and more

In 2019, the LGBTQIA+ Subcommittee will be focusing their efforts on:

  • Pride Month proclamation, Transgender Awareness Month proclamation + Internal Pride and National Coming Out Day events
  • Addressing Municipal Equality Index (MEI) scorecard criteria
  • Non-discrimination language updates to the City's Purchasing policy
  • Implementing gender neutral bathroom signage for City's single-stall facilities

2018 MEI Scorecard

Committee Members:

  • Heather Cox, Communications & Public Involvement Office, Co-Chair | aGNveEBmY2dvdi5jb20=
  • Tess Schmitz, City Attorney's Office, Co-Chair | dHNjaG1pdHpAZmNnb3YuY29t
  • Clint Andrews, Information Technology
  • Heidi Wagner, Utilities
  • Janet Freeman, Social Sustainability
  • Patty Netherton, Municipal Court
  • Ash Karpierz, Parks
  • Christine Arnott, HR
  • Amanda Mansfield, FC Moves
  • Katie Stieber, Recreation
  • Carol Thomas, City Manager's Office, Executive Liaison
  • Teresa Roche, HR Liaison
  • Carol Workman, Police Liaison
  • Rachel McKinney, CSU Liaison
  • Kimberly Chambers, Community Member
  • Alma Vigo-Morales, Community Member
  • Lucien Meadows, Community Member (Museum of Discovery)


  • Catherine MacGowan, HR
  • Michelle Becker, Utilities
  • Samantha Velasquez, Utilities
  • Honore Depew, Environmental Services
  • Peter Robertson, Parks
  • Jackie Kozak Thiel, Sustainability Services
  • Meaghan Overton, Planning
  • Katherine Bailey, Utilities
  • Mallory Gallegos, Transfort
  • Mary-Claire Geiss, Neighborhood Services
  • Jessica Prentice, Finance
  • Beth Sowder, Social Sustainability