Ron Townsend and his wife, Sue, have lived in metro Denver for 32 years, raising their family near Cherry Creek High School. He always loved coming to downtown Denver for theatre, museums, sporting events, parks, and outstanding restaurants. In 2001, he began working at Denver Health and was drawn even more to downtown. He moved to the Spire building in 2014 and he and Sue have a great community of friends there and enjoy taking advantage of downtown living with them.
Ron believes that UpDoNA can help everyone in the downtown area optimize their experience here, be they residents, business owners, visitors, or the homeless. He routinely walks miles/day through the UpDoNA area and sees the good and the not-so-good from an on the ground perspective. He is also a bicyclist and advocate for transportation options that minimize automobile traffic.
Ron’s has a long history of successful leadership work and will continue that on the UpDoNA Board. He is a physician who worked in a leadership role at Denver Health 2001-2018 and fully retired in 2020. He was the Medical Director of a department there, with approximately 140 staff. Problem solving, long-term planning, and negotiating with others about the best solutions to complex problems were major parts of his work. Leadership roles in professional organizations led trips to Washington DC, meeting with Colorado’s US Senators/their staffs and members of the House of Representatives to discuss/lobby for healthcare initiatives. Ron believes that the ability to work with local businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government is essential to our success in maximizing opportunities and minimizing problems for all of us in the Upper Downtown Neighborhood.