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Planner Profile: Summer Frederick

NAME: Summer Frederick, AICP

TITLE: Planning Division Manager, Development Review

COMPANY/EMPLOYER: Boulder County

 

Tells us a little about yourself professionally.
I have been in the planning profession for 15 years, with the majority of my experience being in the public sector. I have worked for localities in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Colorado in current planning and long range. I have managed a long-term, regionally focused, federally funded sustainability grant, as well as spending some time working in the private sector for a national consulting firm.

I enjoy working in the public sector as it allows me to develop connections in the locality where I'm working, adding a personal interest and commitment to the outcomes of the work I do.

Tell us how and why you got into planning.
My initial career goals were to work in the environmental conservation field and I was lucky enough to land a great job out of undergrad working for a national conservation non-profit. However, while doing that work the questions of how people interact with the landscape and how are various fundamental human needs such as housing, employment, economic stability are addressed while implementing measures to conserve/preserve various environmental resources kept coming up. It was through discussions related to those questions that I started to think about a change in career path and ultimately went to graduate school to pursue planning.

Tell us a little about yourself outside of planning.
I've been in Colorado for six years now and am still enjoying exploring and finding new-to-me places in the state. I love being able to get out and hike any time of the year. 

Who is your planning hero or role model?
The folks in planning that I've come to most admire and have great respect for are the community members that give of their time and energy to serve on various volunteer boards - planning commission, board of adjustment, historic preservation, and others. These are the people who are putting in the time and effort to make a difference in their own communities, and that where I believe the majority of planning work takes place - on the ground, in communities and a day-to-day basis.

What makes planning special/interesting/difficult/fun in Colorado?
Even after being here for six years, I still have so much to learn about western water laws. 

What’s one place in Colorado you would recommend everyone visit or experience at least once?
I certainly haven't been to all the interesting places in Colorado, but of the places I've been I'd have to say the Great Sand Dunes National Park is a must see.

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