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Cindy Brown is a writer, life coach, and consultant. 

Cindy lives in Taos, New Mexico where she is a freelance writer, life coach, and consultant. She writes about nature, hiking, health, history and culture for The Taos News and is the author of two books about nature, including the Taos Hiking Guide (Nighthawk Press, 2015).  She offers personal coaching and organizational consulting along with workshops and guided hikes. 

At the University of New Mexico - Taos, Cindy earned a certificate in Holistic Health and Healing Arts. She reached the Third Degree of Reiki training - Master level. In her studies, she focused on health coaching and received additional life coach training to qualify her to work with people making transitions in their lives.

As a housing consultant, Cindy works with organizations and communities seeking to create housing that is affordable for working people and special populations.


Cindy was the Co-Executive Director of Boulder Housing Partners, the housing authority of the City of Boulder for ten years. She was responsible for coordinating budgets, schedules, and approvals for all the development projects of the organization. In addition, she was the project manager for the Holiday Neighborhood – a 330 unit, mixed use project with 40% affordability – including a tax credit project. Cindy also worked for the City of Boulder, Housing Division – coordinating the Community Housing Assistance Program (CHAP) which provides project funding. She helped develop policies on inclusionary zoning and excise tax. As a member of the RRC Associates consulting team, she worked with mountain communities in Colorado and New Mexico to assess housing need and explore options for developing housing.


Cindy taught at the University of Colorado’s College of Architecture and Planning – both housing policy and a class she developed called Real World Planning, which covered the skills and knowledge needed to get projects done. She received a B.A. in International Affairs (political science, history, language) from CU-Boulder, graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. At the University of Colorado - Denver, she studied in the Masters of Urban Planning program. 

Recent work:

2017 Glenwood Springs Community Builders Training - facilitator and speaker

2018 Mammoth Lakes Community Workshop - key note speaker

2019 Cripple Creek/Victor housing needs assessment with WSW Consulting

2020 Victor - developer selection for town-owned parcel 



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