Pitkin County director Nan Sundeen to receive nonprofit lifetime achievement award
February 27, 2017
Nan Sundeen has been helping Pitkin County families for 25 years, and she was recognized Monday for her dedication when the Colorado Nonprofit Association honored her with the 2017 Public Service Lifetime Achievement Award.
Sundeen has been the director of the Pitkin County Human Services department since 1991, coming from Boston where she was a clinical social worker. She has a strong focus on everyone having easy access to health care and has a collaborative spirit with her counterparts in Eagle and Garfield counties.
"It really is a celebration for Pitkin County and also Eagle and Garfield counties," she said of the award. "We all work so closely with nonprofits, it's a celebration of all of our success. We've found ways to get services to rural communities where in some other places it's been a struggle. We have to collaborate to get things done."
Sundeen was a leading voice in establishing Pitkin County's property tax that has generated nearly $2 million a year to help more than 70 Roaring Fork Valley nonprofit partners since 2002. The tax has been renewed twice, and the current tax runs through 2018.
Next week is Colorado nonprofits week, when agencies' work is recognized around the state. According to the nonprofit association, the lifetime award goes to a state employee who works tirelessly for "ethics and accountability in the nonprofit sector and through remaining actively engaged in the programs and operations of nonprofit organizations" in their career.
"Nan is committed to ensuring equitable access to care for all and has brought together government and nonprofit agencies through the region to achieve this goal," said Renny Fagan, president and CEO of Colorado Nonprofit Association. "Her leadership and service exemplify what we hope the Public Service Lifetime Achievement Award inspires."
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Sundeen will be honored at a lunch event March 6 in Denver.