Board Bios

Michelle Estrella

Michelle, an immigrant and first in her family to go to college, much less graduate school, has lived in Boulder since 2004. She is passionate about improving Boulder’s inclusiveness and diversity and would like to see Open Boulder help make busy families aware of issues that affect their lives, and also bring voice to the shrinking middle class in Boulder so their opinions can be included in how Boulder is shaped for their kids and their kids’ kids. She can be found trail running while pushing her twin toddlers in their double Chariot with her dogs happily running alongside them. She works in finance and served on the City of Boulder’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

Jan Burton

Jan is an avid outdoor person and environmentalist and is a volunteer for the City of Boulder raptor monitor program. She served on the Boulder City Council for two years and is currently a columnist for the Boulder Daily Camera, often writing on relevant city governance topics. She co-founded Rhino Cubed, which makes tiny homes from shipping containers, and is increasingly vocal about the housing crisis. A dedicated music lover and CU College of Music Advisory Board member, her house is rumored to be a regular house concert venue. She is a member of Citizens Climate Lobby and believes fervently we need to do more to address climate change. She loves hiking and camping and is on a mission to visit all the National Parks in her 1961 Airstream.

Mark McIntyre

Mark has a 42 year history of activism and involvement in the Boulder Community since moving here in 1977. Activities range from being the Community Relations Commissioner for the CU student government to currently serving on the city's Transportation Advisory Board. His business background comes from running a US based manufacturing sales company for 32 years and his customers include virtually all of the major manufacturers in the front range of Colorado. While rock climbing and mountaineering originally brought him to Boulder his main interests now are riding bikes of all types and backcountry skiing. Mark has 2 grown children that live in Boulder and two grandchildren here as well.

Buzz Burrell

Buzz moved to Boulder in 1969, then went to Colorado’s Western Slope to raise a family and own and operate an organic fruit farm, before moving back to Boulder in 1988. He has worked for numerous 501(c)3 organizations, from the Association of Brewers, the trade association that helped build the craft brewing industry, to Colorado Friends of Tibet, which re-settled Tibetan immigrants to Boulder and hosted the visit of His Holiness The Dalai Lama. Since childhood he has spent a lot of time going outside to play, and continues to do so, running, hiking, biking, climbing, and paddling, and lives by the motto: “Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.”

Bill Rigler

Bill has worked at the intersection of strategic communications and advocacy for more than 16 years. Bill is Vice President at MAPRagency, the oldest and largest PR firm in Boulder. He serves as the Chair of the Boulder Transportation Advisory Board and as a member of the Council-appointed Marijuana Advisory Panel, as well as the Boulder Chamber of Commerce’s Community Affairs Council. Previously, Bill served as the spokesman and director of communications for former Vice President Al Gore’s global climate change initiative and as senior manager for PR at Ball Aerospace. Previously, Bill held senior positions at the Rockefeller Foundation, the United Nations, and a global health and development nonprofit organization. A Montana native, Bill received his Master’s Degree in International Relations from Columbia University in NYC.

Brady Robinson

Brady has lived in Boulder since 2007. He spent much of his early career working in outdoor education as a guide, instructor and manager for Outward Bound. He served for 11 years as the Executive Director of the Access Fund, the national organization that keeps climbing areas open and conserved. He is currently the Director of Strategy and Development for Tompkins Conservation, working to create national parks and to reintroduce wildlife in Chile and Argentina. He was the founding board chairman of the Outdoor Alliance and currently serves on the board of the Honnold Foundation. He has a passion for both land conservation and access protection for human powered recreation, and believes that both movements must cooperate with each other to achieve their goals. This was the subject of his 2012 TEDxBoulder talk. He hopes Open Boulder will help unify Boulder’s many interest groups around a broad, positive and inclusive vision for the future. He is married to Lucia Robinson and is the proud father of his two daughters.

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