Celeste Olinger joined Columbia Association (CA) this October as its new Director of Communications, bringing more than 25 years of public relations and communications experience from federal, state and local branches of government to the organization.
Most recently, she spent about 18 years working for the city of Northglenn, Colo., which sits about a dozen miles north of Denver in the greater metropolitan area, with more than a decade as the government’s public communications manager. Prior to that, she was a public communications coordinator and community relations liaison for the city, a congressional assistant to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and worked in college relations for Front Range Community College in Colorado.
“I was attracted to Columbia Association because it is a progressive community recognized by the public for its best practices and voted multiple times to the top 10 list of livable communities,” Olinger said. “I was interested in becoming a part of a team where I could contribute my skills and experience while further enhancing my career aspirations.”
Olinger said she is hoping to emphasize more engagement with the community, including looking at ways in which CA can involve residents in idea-sharing in order to identify and solve issues of community interest.
“I would like to see communication become a little more interactive,” she said. “Rather than us just passing information to the community, I would like to encourage residents to engage in conversations and dialogue about CA so we can get their perspective. In the upcoming months, we will be asking residents what they would like to see and how they would like us to communicate.”