Since 1970, Josie Heath has made Colorado history as a community activist, educator, and political contender who is committed to improving the quality of life of Colorado citizens. As director of the Women’s Center at Red Rocks Community College, Heath developed a program enabling underprivileged women to pursue higher-paying, non-traditional careers. She served on the Governor’s Commission for National and Community Service and the Governor’s Transportation Roundtable and chaired the Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women. She has received three presidential appointments. She was also the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in 1990 and 1992. As Boulder County Commissioner, she proposed drunk driver-community service programs and a county work program for senior citizens to enable them to pay property taxes. Her “Return to Learn” program helps high school dropouts return to class. Since 1985, Heath has been president of the Community Foundation serving Boulder County. She also helped establish the Women’s Foundation of Colorado.
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