"We may not all agree, but Jody sure knows how to raise the bar of mutual respect and insists on cultivating ideas for improvements and not just complaints.”
Employee, Transit Agency
Michelle Halstead, Arapahoe County
"Jody’s success stems from her ability to understand unique perspectives, unravel the positions, create a safe space for dialogue, challenge assumptions, and weave disparate voices together to ensure the best outcome."
(Michelle was previously Commerce City Director, and CDOT Government Relations for controversial stakeholder projects)
Larry Buter, RTD Paratransit Manager
"Intuitive, detail oriented and resolute - words to best describe Ms. Erikson’s aptitude as a capable moderator/facilitator. Ms. Erikson, excels at taking on challenging environments and helping find common ground among participants. As articulated by a colleague, “we may not all agree, but Jody sure knows how to raise the bar of mutual respect and insists on cultivating ideas for improvements and not just complaints.”” "
Rike Sandlin, Rivervista, CEO
“Jody is better at "herding cats" than anyone I’ve ever seen. She consistently demonstrates excellence in planning and facilitating the engagement and driving the diverse participants to achieve results which have impacted the world. She's very good at ...encouraging input from each stakeholder and drawing out their perspectives with clarity. And she makes that process fun!
Kirk Webb, Atkins, NEPA Director
"Ms. Erikson provided successful efforts to help us resolve difficult issues among a wide variety of complex relationships. Her guidance was a crucial factor in the success of our efforts to build consensus around alternatives for three controversial highway reconstruction projects. The results of her efforts included: tangible decisions we can move forward with; new levels of trust among project partners; and reduced conflict among various stakeholders. In addition, while performing the above duties, she kept the projects on schedule and on budget, crucial abilities for public agencies."
(Kirk was previously CDOT NEPA Program Manger)
Sean De Vries, SERI R2 Director
"Jody helps maximize participation from a diverse stakeholder group. Participants sometimes tend to observe rather than contribute, and Jody encourages them to participant in a way they feel comfortable. More importantly her approach and structured processes ensure everyone feels that their perspective has been considered, regardless of the final outcome. Jody plans and moves through agenda, using different methods ensures conversation moves forward to resolution."
Adam Paul, Lakewood, CO Mayor ( 2016-2023)
"Ms. Erikson helped the City Council update their policies and procedures manual as well as draft City’s first sexual harassment policy which was one of the first in the State... Ms. Erikson did an excellent job bringing the group [of eleven elected officials] together and to a clear direction through her expertise, direction and patience. The policies were adopted 11-0."