20 Under 40: Alison Brodie passionate about helping young adults navigate Steamboat
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — In 2001, after graduating from the University of Arkansas, Alison Brodie came to Steamboat for “just one year.” Seventeen years later, she’s still here with no plans to leave.
Brodie is the housing manager for Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. where she manages The Ponds at Steamboat, an employee housing complex.
When: 5 to 7 p.m. July 26
Where: Haymaker Patio Grill
Cost: $35, $15 for Young Professionals Network members
The Ponds provides affordable housing options for nearly 500 Ski Corp. employees in the winter season. It is also open to the general public as a more affordable housing option in the summer months.
As a housing manager, Brodie sees firsthand the issues that Steamboat faces in regards to affordable and seasonal housing. This led to her involvement in the seasonal housing working group through the Yampa Valley Housing Authority.
She also participated in the 5A for Homes Campaign Committee, which promoted a successful ballot measure to use a one-mill property tax levy to create a funding source for the development of low-income, seasonal and affordable housing.
Throughout her time as housing manager, Brodie has had over 3,500 tenants, most of them in their late teens and early 20s. It’s no surprise that her favorite part of the job is helping these young adults.
“I truly enjoy watching them navigate life and hope that I can provide positive guidance when needed,” Brodie said.
For nearly five years, Brodie has been on the Routt County United Way board. She has also served on the executive committee, campaign committee, board development committee and her personal favorite, the community investment committee, which reviews grants and allocates funds that United Way raises.
“I enjoy reviewing the grants, because it gives me a deeper understanding of our local organizations and nonprofits,” she explained.
“In my work on the United Way board, I always try to see what we as a community can do to provide support for the late teen and early-20s age group that I work with in my job,” Brodie said. “We have wonderful crisis services in town, but I would like to see more ways to help before these services are actually needed.”
When she’s not working or volunteering, Brodie is enjoying all that Steamboat has to offer with her husband, Nate, their 15-month-old son Tucker and husky Utah.
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