Will, Katy, Bob, and John Yates

Will, Katy, Bob, and John Yates

Meet Bob

When I turned 50, I left a senior executive position with Level 3 Communications to dedicate all of my time in service to the Boulder community.  Since then, I have worked hard to help our community thrive.  I have led in the following ways:

Bob portraying Andrew Macky during the biennial Meet the Spirits celebration

Bob portraying Andrew Macky during the biennial Meet the Spirits celebration

Katy and Bob at the Bolder Boulder

Katy and Bob at the Bolder Boulder

City Council

  • Elected November 2015

  • Commissioner, Boulder Housing Authority
    (Boulder Housing Partners)

  • City of Boulder Audit Committee

  • Director, Downtown Boulder Business
    Improvement District

  • Director, Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau

  • Boulder Representative, National League of Cities

  • Boulder Urban Renewal Authority

  • City Council Representative, Dushanbe and Ramat HaNegev Sister City Committees

  • City Council Retreat Committee 

Civic & Non-Profit


  • Chairman, Museum of Boulder Capital Campaign

  • Moderator Coordinator, Conference on World Affairs

  • Director, Downtown Boulder Foundation

  • Kindergarten Reader, YWCA Reading to End Racism Program

  • Founder, Rainbows Over Pearl Initiative

  • Member, Columbia Cemetery Conservation Corps

  • Meet the Spirits Actor (Andrew Macky)


  • Chairman, Museum of Boulder

  • President, Boulder History Museum

  • Treasurer, Colorado Chautauqua Association

  • Secretary, Dairy Center for the Arts

  • Chairman, Boulder Parks & Recreation Advisory Board

  • Co-Chairman, City of Boulder Capital Investment Strategy Committee

  • Co-Chairman, Community, Culture and Safety Initiative (2014 Ballot Measure 2A)

  • Head of Fundraising, Boulder Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee

  • Member, Boulder Greenways Advisory Board

  • President, American Cancer Society, Omaha Chapter

  • Director, Fontenelle Forest Nature Center

Past Professional

  • Partner, Fraser Stryker Law Firm, Omaha

  • President and General Counsel, Level 3 Communications Europe, London

  • Senior Vice President, Level 3 Communications, Inc., Broomfield

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Colorado and Denver University Law Schools

I am a graduate of the University of Scranton (B.S. Chemistry & Business, Magna Cum Laude, 1983) and the University of California, Hastings College of Law (J.D., 1986).  Originally from Omaha, my family and I moved to Boulder in 2001, settling in North Boulder near 19th & Kalmia.  Our sons, John and Will, graduated from Boulder High School and attended Yale and Fordham, respectively. They are both pursuing careers in New York City.  Katy and I have been married for 36 years.