Nancy B Kramer , Program Coordinator
Start Date: 2013
Nancy B. Kramer
Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage, Program Coordinator
Nonprofit Consultant and Volunteer
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Nancy is a transplanted Oregonian. Nancy arrived in Steamboat Springs in 1974 a registered nurse. Nancy received her nursing diploma from Emanuel Hospital School of Nursing in Portland Oregon. For the first year, Nancy worked at Routt Memorial Hospital as a surgical nurse. In 1975 she became the supervisor of the surgical department. In 1980 she went to work for the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurses Association as a school and public health nurse. Nancy created and developed the In-Season Bakery Café in 1982. After selling the business in 1989 she returned to Routt Memorial Hospital to continue her career in surgical nursing and healthcare administration. In 1993 Nancy was hired as the Executive Director of The Steamboat Springs Arts Council. She retired from her position at the end of 2006 to pursue other nonprofit endeavors in the Valley. In 2007 she worked for the Community Agriculture Alliance (CAA) in developing a program focused on encouraging local added value agriculture products. In 2008 she continued her work with the CAA in a new capacity as the program coordinator of an emerging regional initiative the CAA had under fiscal agency: Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Tourism. She continues to passionately lead the newly formatted program with a mission of: through collaboration, interpret the vast heritage of Northwest Colorado and impart the legacy and stories of the region and its communities in order to generate economic vitality. The program has convened representatives from seventeen communities in a five county (Routt, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Garfield) region in Northwest Colorado to develop interpretive and educational materials and projects that share the vast natural and heritage assets of the area. These products and projects are utilized for promoting the region to potential cultural travelers. In 2014 Nancy lead a small task force to review the past work of the initiative, examine future work and organizational models for the burgeoning program. The result of the task force has been realized with its recent determination as an independent IRS 501c3 charitable organization. The small founding Board has clarified the purpose of the program, along with strategic areas and overarching goals.
The Nancy served as a member of the City of Steamboat Springs City Council 2001 thru 2005 where she shared her non-profit expertise to foster partnerships with the public sector. And in the summer of 2004, Nancy participated in the Graduate School of Business Stanford University and National Arts Strategies Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders-Arts. A comprehensive case study based professional development opportunity, this experience transcended Nancy's work in the arts to other areas of the nonprofit community. With a deep knowledge of the nonprofit sector and her gregarious leadership style, Nancy has worked both professionally, and as a volunteer to assist local, state and national groups to find their way to being success nonprofit organizations. She emphasizes organizational and board development and strategic planning in her consulting and facilitation. The cross section of organizations she has assisted includes: The Maya Sherpa Project, Emerald City Opera, Advocates Building Peaceful Communities, Steamboat Dance Theatre, Yampa Valley Choral Society, Steamboat Springs Free Concert Series, Historic Routt County, Old Town Hot Springs, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council, The Friends of the Chief Theater Board of Directors and the 10th Mt. Division National Foundation. From 1998 through 2011, Nancy was a consultant with the Colorado Creative Industries (formerly Colorado Council on the Arts) PEER Assistant program, traveling the state to assist with community arts organizations.
Nancy highlights her life story, in her own words; "Perhaps my biggest career challenge was establishing my small business, The In-Season Bakery Café." Back country skiing, hiking, gourmet cooking and traveling are other activities she enjoys when time allows. Nancy's greatest outdoor adventures have been to summit Oregon's Mt. Hood twice and Washington's Mt. Rainier once in honor of her father who served as a Medic in the 10th Mountain Infantry Division in WWII.
Nancy has been married to Lynn E. Kramer, a local Structural Engineer Consultant for thirty-five years. She enjoys the company of two step-daughters, Alana Kramer Firth and Tara Kramer, along with Tara's partner of many years, Wieb Vellinga, Son in-law Conor Firth and the cutest grandson on the planet, Marlon Erwin Firth!