(DENVER) - February 25, 2009 - The Civic Center Conservancy - a nonprofit organization committed to helping the City and County of Denver restore, enhance and activate its historic Civic Center park - announced today the appointment of Lindy Eichenbaum Lent as its new Executive Director.
“Since the Civic Center Conservancy aims to be a catalyst for the enhancement and activation of Civic Center park, we wanted a leader who could engage and inspire a variety of partners and stakeholders in reaching community goals that span organizational boundaries,” said Chris Frampton, the Conservancy’s Board President. “Lindy’s experience with public-private-nonprofit partnerships, successful advocacy campaigns, and implementing and marketing diverse initiatives will be an asset to our organization and Civic Center park.”
“In her nearly six years in the Mayor’s Office, Lindy was one of the primary architects of many of our largest initiatives,” said Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. “She can bring together different constituencies and create a collaborative process that is truly transformational.”
The Conservancy’s efforts focus around the following four areas: events and programming to activate Civic Center park; public awareness and engagement; advocacy for park needs and enhancements, and fundraising for activities and initiatives that support the park.
“Located at the crossroads of downtown Denver’s government, cultural, commercial and residential districts, Civic Center park provides a powerful connection between Denver’s history and future,” said Lent. “This oasis in the heart of our city deserves to not only be restored to its historic grandeur, but to enjoy long-overdue enhancements that will encourage more local residents and visitors to experience this stunning community asset. I look forward to working with our Board of Directors, the City and County of Denver and all of the park’s stakeholders to achieve a shared vision for this important civic space.”
Lent joins the Civic Center Conservancy with a background in strategic communications and public affairs, including extensive experience in strategic planning, issue advocacy, public relations and project management. She served as the communications director on the 2003 long-shot mayoral campaign of geologist-turned-brewpub owner John Hickenlooper. She was subsequently appointed as Mayor Hickenlooper’s communications director - serving as the mayor’s spokesperson, speechwriter and media strategist while overseeing the communications-related functions of the administration’s first four-year term. In 2007, Lent was named senior advisor to the mayor, focusing on strategic communications and special projects. In 2008, she served as the City and County of Denver’s director of communications for the Democratic National Convention.
Lent’s previous endeavors included work on Mike Feeley’s 2002 Colorado congressional campaign and serving as the communications director for U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Austin, Texas. Beginning her career in political journalism, Lent covered Chicago City Hall for suburban Chicago newspapers and Capitol Hill as a Washington correspondent for local TV affiliates in Wisconsin and Texas. Lent received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford University and her master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
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About the Civic Center Conservancy
Formed in 2004, the Civic Center Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the Denver Department of Parks and Recreation restore, revitalize and enhance Civic Center Park. The Conservancy will soon be launching a new web site at www.CivicCenterConservancy.org. In the meantime, please contact email@example.com or 303-861-4633 for more information.