SCFD Welcomes New Member of Board of Directors
Award-winning county manager will represent Adams County
Adams County Manager Raymond Gonzales joined the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District Board of Directors as the representative for Adams County.
Gonzales, who recently won the Colorado County Manager of the Year award from the Colorado City and County Management Association, officially join the board on January 24th. He was appointed to represent the county by the Adams County Board of County Commissioners.
“I look forward to representing my county on the board. The SCFD has been an integral partner as our county continues to build its cultural future and I am excited to contribute to the leadership of the SCFD,” Gonzales said.
The SCFD Board of Directors oversees the seven-county tax district on behalf of tax payers who contribute one penny of every $10 they spend to arts, culture and science funding. The 11-member board includes one representative from each of the seven counties in the district as well as four members appointed by the governor.
“The value of the SCFD has always been its ability to create access to experience across our metro area. Much of that access is ultimately crafted at the county level where residents work to define their community’s cultural heritage and future,” said Jack Finlaw, SCFD Board Chairman. “As a board, we hold that understanding at the center of everything we do. We are happy to have a new advocate for Adams County in Ray Gonzales.”
Before becoming Adams County Manager in 2017, Gonzales was an assistant city manager in Brighton and Undersecretary of Labor for New Mexico. Gonzales is a Colorado native from Brighton.
“The leadership our SCFD board provides is really the cornerstone of the work we do,” said Deborah Jordy, SCFD Executive Director. “Ray is uniquely qualified to represent his county and the work of the district as a whole.”
For the past 30 years, the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District has been a catalyst for culture across the Denver metro region. With one powerful penny collected from every ten dollars spent in our seven counties, SCFD has provided invaluable financial resources, creating an ecosystem of unparalleled access, invaluable education, and above all, a sense of wonder that comes from experiencing arts, culture, and science.
The diverse organizations funded by SCFD do more than educate and inspire. The nearly 300 cultural institutions that make up the SCFD family contribute more than $1.9 billion to the regional economy, employ more than 11,800 people, and reach 4.3 million children each year through educational programs. For 30 years, SCFD has secured a place for visual and preforming arts, cultural and natural history and natural sciences in the fabric of our lives – ensuring nothing less than culture for all.