Cindy Schmidt named a Daily Camera Pacesetter

Longtime UCAR staffer recognized for community service

Cindy Schmidt (UCAR University Relations) recently received the Boulder Daily Camera Pacesetter Award for Community Service. Cindy was nominated by several of her peers and colleagues, including NCAR Director Jim Hurrell, for her exemplary volunteerism in the award category that honors nonprofit work or a personal mission.

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Cindy Schmidt (UCAR University Relations) received the Boulder Daily Camera Pacesetter Award (courtesy photo.)

Cindy has been a UCAR employee since 1990 and is currently managing the Climate Voices program. Supported by UCAR and the United Nations, Climate Voices is a network of scientists from across the country that engage with their communities on climate change issues. Earlier in her career at UCAR, Cindy was instrumental in the creation of the CO-LABS consortium that educates the public, businesses, educational institutions, and government entities about the value of the federally funded research laboratories in Colorado. Cindy has also served as the deputy director of the Walter Orr Roberts Institute and the director of the Boulder County Healthy Community Initiative.  

“[Cindy] is a connector, someone who knows people across many sectors and brings them together to the great benefit of their communities,” said Boulder community leader and friend Karen Ripley Dugan in her nomination letter. “She takes on each new responsibility with knowledge, confidence, and excitement and she knows who to bring in and bring together to make each new task work, and she has done this over and over again.…”

In addition to being a leader at UCAR, she has served on many boards and committees in the community including the Oceans, Atmosphere and Climate Committee of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities; Colorado Center for Environmental Management; Avista Hospital; University of Colorado Graduate School of Public Affairs; Boulder Chamber of Commerce; Boulder County Healthy Communities Initiative; Boulder County AIDS Project; and most recently, the board of the Colorado Chautauqua Association. Cindy has also served as mentor to a student in the “I Have a Dream” program for more than 10 years.

“She is caring, loyal, passionate and devoted to the good of her community more than anyone I know," wrote Jim Hurrell in Cindy’s nomination letter. "She cares about others more than she does herself.”


Rebecca Swisher, Internal Communications Specialist