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Nan Sundeen, Pitkin County's longtime human services director, retires

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Nan Sundeen receives the Colorado Non-Profit Public Service Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. Sundeen in 2002 helped start the Healthy Community Fund, which now raises more than $3 million a year for nonprofits in Pitkin County and the Roaring Fork Valley.

Nan Sundeen has spent the past 31 years working as director of the human services department for Pitkin County. Her last day on the job was March 1, and we asked her to reflect on her time in the position, on what people in Pitkin County need and on where to go from here.

Sundeen helped the human services department grow from a six-person department to a team of 26. She began in 1991 working with eight nonprofit organizations, and now the department works with 72 nonprofits in Pitkin County.

In 2002, Sundeen also helped start the Healthy Community Fund, which now provides more than $3 million a year to various nonprofits in Pitkin County. The county provided another $3 million for food, rent and utility relief during the first three months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, she’s looking forward to traveling around the country.

Aspen Public Radio is a 2022 recipient of Pitkin County's Healthy Community Fund.

Halle is an award-winning journalist and the All Things Considered anchor for Aspen Public Radio. She has been recognized for her work by the Public Media Journalists Association and the Colorado Broadcasters Association. Before she began working full-time with Aspen Public Radio in September 2021, Halle was a freelance broadcast journalist for both Aspen Public Radio and KDNK. Halle studied environmental analysis at Pitzer College. She was an educator at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and at the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment program, where she taught youth radio and managed a weekly public affairs show.