Out Boulder County

The vision of Out Boulder County is that Boulder County serves as a model of equality, respect, and well-being for LGBTQ people. Our mission is to educate, advocate and provide services, programs and support for Boulder County's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities.

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Mardi Moore, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2013

Mardi is from a Colorado Pioneer family. Her Great Grandparents settled in Marshall, Niwot and Boulder in the mid-1800s where they made a living by farming, ranching and mining coal. Mardi's dad graduated from CSU with a degree in veterinary medicine and started a practice in Las Animas, CO. Mardi's formative years were spent in rural CO training race horses, working with her father in his practice and showing cattle. She was even Homecoming Queen. Mardi graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in Political Science.
While attending DU Mardi realized that her "differentness" had a name, but she was not fully prepared or ready to admit it to herself or to her family. Shortly after college, Mardi left Colorado to find a career and self-acceptance.
Since then she has been active in LGBTQ politics at the local and national level. From Seattle out West to New York City back East and then finally back home to Colorado, Mardi has been involved in many ground-breaking LGBTQ events, activities and legislation over the past 30 years.
Over the last three years in her role as Executive Director of Out Boulder County Mardi has put together a solid team of staff, diversified and built a strong board, increased individual giving by over 200%, balanced the budget and by working with community members has increased the number of programs and services that Out Boulder County provides to the LGBTQ and Allied communities. Most notably in her tenure Out Boulder County implemented a Trans* Leadership Academy and a Trans Steering Committee that has ensured that Boulder County has one of the strongest if not the strongest Trans community in the State of Colorado. Additionally, just this year Out Boulder County opened a second location in Longmont to better serve all of Boulder County
Recently, Mardi received the PFLAG Boulder LGBT Activist of the Year Award and the GLBT Center of Colorado's Trans Ally of the Year Award.
Personally, Mardi is the mother of two and the grandmother of three.

Mardi Moore, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2013

Between 1890 and 1904 all the branches of Mardi's family settled in Boulder County (Niwot, Marshall and Boulder) to farm, ranch and mine coal. Raised in Las Animas, CO Mardi knew she was "different" but had no idea why. Luckily, while attending the University of Denver she figured it out -- she was a lesbian.

Knowing she was a lesbian and accepting that fact required leaving family and the familiar in search of self-acceptance and the courage to come out.

Eventually landing in Seattle Mardi spent 20 years leading fundraising teams that raised money for progressive non-profit organizations including most of the Pacific NW's LGBTQ and social justice organizations.

After selling a successful fundraising business in Seattle Mardi went to work for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in the NYC Office where she built community and raised important funds for the advocacy work of the Task Force. Recruited away from the Task Force Mardi also worked for the NYC LGBT Center prior to joining Out Boulder in October 2013.

It's taken 27 years for Mardi to return to Colorado but she is back and she is happy to lead Out Boulder in its work to be the model of equality, respect and well-being for LGBTQ people.


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