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Statement of Interest and Qualifications_Christopher CoburnCHRISTOPHER COBURN March 22, 2021 Dear Bozeman City Commissioners, With excitement, I submit this letter to be formally considered for appointment to the Bozeman City Commission. Since the appointment process in October, my interest in and seriousness about serving our community as a City Commissioner has only grown. I launched my campaign earlier this year and have had the opportunity to connect with many of our neighbors. As a result, I have a deeper understanding of the issues we face. My intention is, and always has been, to have a positive impact on the community – and I believe I have the experience, commitment, and character to be immediately helpful as a City Commissioner. Experience For the past two years, I’ve served on the Gallatin City-County Board of Health. Working to protect our community as we’ve navigated the COVID-19 pandemic has been both humbling and rewarding, and has taught me a great deal of what it takes to be a part of an effective and efficient team that makes population level decisions. Through this work, I’ve been able to use my public health expertise to analyze and balance our response to an emergency – considering health, economic, and social factors. This same lens will be helpful to the City Commission as land use and zoning decisions dominate the agenda. After all, the way we choose to build our city has direct and long-term implications for our collective health. In addition to the practical experience I’ve gained as a Board of Health member, I’ve become comfortable with the work and process of the Commission by consistently attending and participating in City Commission meetings. I spend my Tuesday evenings watching, listening, and learning how the Commission makes decisions – from how motions are made to what criteria are considered for a zone map amendment. I also attend other City board meetings, and participate in other City processes – such as being part of the RFP team that selected the firm to complete the equity indicators and gaps analysis or attending the developer’s roundtable discussion on affordable housing. While there are undoubtedly still things to learn, these experiences have given me valuable insights into how the Commission and City operate. If appointed, I’m prepared to immediately start contributing in a meaningful way. Commitment As a Montanan, I was raised to value community and was taught the importance of stewardship. As a Bozemanite, I’ve lived those tenets and have consistently been involved in our community. I served on the Design Advisory Council for Haven as they worked to imagine their new facility, am on the planning committee for a supportive housing program that HRDC is leading, and sit on the steering committee for Elevating Behavioral Health – a local collaboration of leading community organizations working to improve behavioral health services and awareness. I also am a member of the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force, and part of the Task Force to Advance the Status and Safety of All Women and Girls. I’m a collaborator by conviction, and take my involvement in community efforts seriously because I know the value of follow-through, and that trust is the most important thing we can foster. As a Commissioner, I’ll leverage the trust-based, reciprocal relationships I’ve developed to build the strong engagement our community is asking for. Character I’ve gained the respect of my peers and this community by demonstrating the type of friend, neighbor, team member, and leader I am. I show up. I’m engaged. I do the work, and I ask what’s next. I understand that we’re stronger when we work together, and I appreciate the power of an honest conversation. I value and respect individuals, and make it my priority to present authentically, listen intently, and find commonalities. I’m guided by purpose, not by ego. I know that it’s not about me, but rather about us – and how we get to where we need to go, together. The only way I know how to accomplish something is to work hard. I’ve gotten used to balancing multiple projects or priorities at once. To be successful at this, I’ve found one has to be disciplined, skilled with time management, and clear about boundaries – both to care for oneself, and to be present for others. I honed these skills while completing my graduate degree and also working a full-time job, and intend to use them to be successful as a City Commissioner. I’m both prepared and excited to serve our community as a City Commissioner. I’m confident I will be a strong partner as we work towards the attainment of a future reflected in the Bozeman Strategic Plan, the Bozeman Community Plan, and the Bozeman Climate Plan. I have the education, experience and technical understanding to do the job. More than that, I have the passion, commitment and collaborative spirit needed to truly engage this community. I’m a young professional with a lot in common with most of Bozeman. The experiences and perspectives of the many folks like me are currently not represented on the Commission. I firmly believe our community is better when everyone is included, and we learn from and honor the lived experiences of others. Thank you for the opportunity, and for your consideration. It would be an honor to serve alongside you. With appreciation, Christopher Coburn Pronouns: He / Him