Cornelia Carpenter

Development Associate

Cornelia was born and raised in Aspen and is happy to be home after attending the University of Denver, where she earned degrees in Geography and Studio Art. Since graduating in 2011, she has illustrated several local children’s books, made maps around the world, and continues to draw and paint. In the summer of 2011, Cornelia was a Development intern at The Aspen Institute, and returned to work for The Aspen Ideas Festival in the summer of 2012.

Prior to joining the Aspen Public Radio team in 2013, she was a cross-country ski instructor and sales associate at the Aspen Cross-Country Center. In addition to her role as the Development Associate, Cornelia has taken on the Non-Profit in the Spotlight and Audio Canvas segments.

Aspen Public Radio is an integral part of Cornelia’s life – from waking up to local news and Morning Edition, to cooking dinner with Terry Gross, she's almost always tuned in. Cornelia’s other interests include traveling, hiking, skiing, exploring the wild wild west, and hanging out with animals of all shapes and sizes.

Ways To Connect

In 1969, the Atomic Energy Commission used a nuclear bomb 8,000' below the ground in Rulison, Colorado, to crack a fracture zone to release natural gas. Thirty-five years later, a small Texas energy company applied to drill wells in the area. Chelsea Brundige, board trustee of the Public Counsel of the Rockies, and Tim McFlynn, founder and board chair of Public Counsel, discuss the case and outcome. 

If you're a serious artist, or want to be, you're probably familiar with artist-in-residence programs. It's an important step in an artist's career according to Doug Casebeer, the Associate Director of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Casebeer played a major role in developing the residency program in 1985, when it was founded. Julia Galloway is a ceramic artist and was a resident at the Ranch almost two decades ago.

 Chances are, you've never heard of Public Counsel of the Rockies...until now. This little organization is based out of the Benedict Building in Aspen, and has no staff, but is a heavy hitter when it comes to making big changes on issues of public interest. Tim McFlynn is the founder and board chair of Public Counsel. He shares the organization's history and his inspiration for creating it. Chelsea Brundige is a trustee on the board of Public Counsel, and runs the Counsel's Smart Water Program. She also joins the conversation. 

On Saturday, August 1st, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center will host its 35th annual Art Auction and community picnic. Becky Murray is a member of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center Board of Trustees and is the head of the Development Department, and Hailey Walsh is the Special Events Assistant. They discuss the history and details of the event. 

Renee Solari is the Program Manager for Education Services at SunPower, a solar company that designs and manufactures high-efficiency photovoltaic cells and solar panels out of California. The company has a mission to provide tools and promote education to students around the country. Energetics Education, based in Carbondale, is a recipient of donated solar panels from SunPower. These panels are used by high school students in the Roaring Fork Valley to design and build solar-powered cars, or Solar Rollers. 

Sylvie Rosenthal is a woodworker, welder, and artist who is pioneering the field of sculpture and furniture design for women. She's teaching a two-week long workshop at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village this summer and takes us behind the scenes into the studio and her artistic process. 

To see more of Sylvie Rosenthal's work, visit her website at And visit to learn more about this summer's workshops. 

Jon Fox-Rubin is on the board of Energetics Education, a non-profit focused on inspiring kids to study, learn, and develop new methods of clean energy today and in the future. Fox-Rubin shares his personal history in engineering and his passion for Energetics Education.

Visit to learn more about Energetics Education and the Solar Rollers program.   

  Telling a story through photographs...that's the objective of the Visual Storytelling and Documentary Photography workshop at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. The workshop is co-taught by James Estrin, The New York Times Senior Staff Photographer, and Ed Kashi, photojournalist and filmmaker whose work has appeared in National Geographic, Newsweek, TIME, and The New York Times Magazine, among others. 

Estrin and Kashi discuss their workshop at the Ranch, the developments they've seen in the field of photographer, and their careers. 

Noah Davis is the Executive Director of Energetics Education, a non-profit organization that brings energy education to high school students through the Solar Rollers program. High school teams comprising of six students sign up to participate in Solar Rollers. The teams are given a solar-powered car kit which they must design and build, and eventually race against other teams. The third annual race was held in the Big Horn Toyota parking lot in Glenwood Springs in May 2015. 

This week at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Nancy Wilhelms, Executive Director, and Andrea Wallace, the Artistic Director of Photography and New Media and the Director of the Workshop Program, discuss the Ranch's Scholarship and Partnership Program. The Ranch partners with over 60 colleges and universities around the country to bring undergraduate and graduate art students to the Snowmass Village arts center. And, the Ranch has a scholarship program for all students to help cover the costs for summer workshops and kids camps.