Karina Elrod has launched her campaign for an at-large seat on Littleton City Council. The self-described international businesswoman and local community leader has been a city resident for nearly two decades,
“We are growing as a region and need to be well informed and thoughtful,” she said. “I can problem-solve by building consensus and offer practical solutions that make sense for Littleton. We all recognize the benefit of coming together as a community and I’m seeking the opportunity to make that happen.”
Elrod touts her “sensible approach … and diverse skillsets” in her history of service to the city. She chaired the Littleton Planning Commission and was appointed this year by the City Council to Littleton Invests for Tomorrow, the city’s beleaguered urban-renewal authority.
Elrod says she has become known as a driving force in fostering a business-friendly environment while protecting the community’s character, saying she has built positive relationships with small businesses, gained support from the council on key projects and played an integral role in the development of the community-approved Citywide Plan, which provides a framework for sustainable development and economic growth.
Elrod was selected for the 2017 Littleton Leadership Academy, an organization designed to foster local engagement, collaboration and leadership in the community. She is also an active member on the Economic Development Group Advisory Board of the South Metro Denver Chamber and has participated in forums through the Colorado Municipal League and other regional organizations.
In her professional life, Elrod has been a global marketer for more than a decade. As director of global marketing, she spearheaded the development of Western Union’s first Global Strategic Marketing Plan and the expansion of its international eCommerce business.
She says she is now fully committed to doing the “leg work and heavy lifting” to move the city forward.
“If we’re going to articulate a vision of Littleton that is by its citizens and for its citizens, if we’re going to clearly define community character that our city will rally behind, if we’re going to implement the policies and processes to ensure Littleton thrives and preserve it for future generations, then we need a servant leader who’s part of the solution,” Elrod said.
The candidate is married to Mark Elrod, a command sergeant major in the Army. They have two children, Sabrina, 12, and Michael, 10.
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