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My family and I settled in the Roaring Fork Valley after several decades living and working overseas. Having never before owned a home, we feel extremely fortunate to have landed in Basalt, which affords access to a vibrant and diverse community, and to extraordinary wilderness and back-country adventure. Over the past 30 years I’ve worked in the private and public sectors, the lion’s share with the U.S. State Department/USAID and the United Nations for which I served in a half dozen countries in Eastern Europe and East Asia. I’ve studied a lot of economics and environmental policy, and both have influenced my thinking and development approach which is anchored to promoting democratic values and civic/social engagement; investment in education that nurtures a next generation of leaders and thinkers; and to responsible resource use and sustainable and inclusive development. As a Basalt resident and business owner, I am interested to share global perspective and relevant experience as a member of the Basalt Town Council, and thereby contribute to our extraordinary community.