Jennifer Anderson is community energy in motion.
The Fort Collins native loves to golf on local links and ski on area mountains (both downhill and cross-country). Indoors, you might find her at Fort Collins Cat Rescue, where she’s volunteered for a decade and served on the board for two years.
“We have very few stray cats in Fort Collins because it’s been so successful,” she said. “Now we help other communities by importing cats for adoption.”
As a longtime paralegal for Advanced Energy, one of Fort Collins’ largest employers, Jennifer is also quite busy helping her legal department review contracts, manage risk and file patents. “We’re an international, public company with a lot of compliance requirements,” she said, “both in the US, with the SEC, and internationally.”
Jennifer enjoys both the variety in her work and her colleagues. “I really enjoy the group,” she said. “It’s an incredibly busy department with a heavy workload. Everyone cooperates with and respects each other.”
Jennifer’s commitment to the community and her career come together in AE’s Women’s Leadership Forum. The group meets monthly, bringing in speakers and creating mentoring opportunities. The Forum’s goal is to develop women’s careers at AE and in engineering and technology fields in general.
“Engineering is heavily male-dominated,” Jennifer said, “but we’re trying to bring in more women engineers, and we’re having success. We’re also forming more alliances with CSU and Innosphere, as well, to incubate new technologies. We have a large summer internship program for engineering and supply-chain management students.”
In 2016, Advanced Energy also sponsored Jennifer’s participation in Leadership Northern Colorado, a six-month leadership development program designed to train business and government representatives from across the Fort Collins, Greeley and Loveland area to come together and learn to think and lead regionally.
In recent years, Jennifer’s energetic lifestyle slowed a bit when her elderly father needed more care. He died at age 91, in June of 2018, but before that, he received excellent care from local home-health and hospital nurses and doctors.
“The medical care here is so good,” she said. “The caregivers are amazing. PVH is really nice. The assisted living facilities are great. It’s all part of what makes Fort Collins so great.”
Yes, it’s all part of that special Fort Collins energy that Jennifer Anderson helps grow and share.