Kristin A. Sullivan

Senior Advisor
Land Use & Infrastructure

Practice Areas

  • Land Use
  • Economic Development
  • Infrastructure
  • Transportation
  • Public-Private Partnerships

Kristin is a professional planner with 15 years of experience in various local government roles including planning, transportation, economic development, and public works, serving most recently as the Director of Public Works for Adams County, Colorado. She is adept at bridging the space between technical and political perspectives. She is a determined problem solver, a skilled communicator, and has a unique ability to blend technical knowledge with big ideas and vision.

Professional History

Kristin advises clients within a myriad of land use entitlement processes including rezonings, PUDs, annexations, subdivisions, conditional use permits, and variances. She is also well suited to provide support with infrastructure coordination, incentive negotiations, transportation advocacy, and government relations.

Kristin has focused her career on the integration of various disciplines including engineering, land use planning, transportation planning, and economic development. She began her career working for a national affordable housing developer. She subsequently worked for fifteen years in public service within Colorado local governments, including as the Director of Community & Economic Development and the Director of Public Works for Adams County.

Her public sector experiences have resulted in a deep understanding of land use processes and productive working relationships with local officials and staff.

Community Involvement

  • Board Member of Warren Village
  • Denver Public Schools Community Planning & Advisory Committee for 2020 Bond and Mill Levy
  • Urban Land Institute, Community Development Product Council


  • Colgate University, Bachelor of Arts in Geography (2002)
  • University of Colorado, Denver, Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning (2007)

Professional Memberships

  • American Institute of Certified Planners
  • Urban Land Institute


  • Cartegraph High Performance Government Award, Adams County Public Works, (2020)
  • National Association of Counties, Best in Category Achievement Award, Gravel Roads Resurfacing Program: Innovation in Local Government (2020)
  • Gold Award for Economic Development Planning, American Planning Association (2018)
  • Impact Award, Urban Land Institute, Crossroads Commerce Park (2017)


  • Metro North Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program graduate

Speaking Engagements

  • “What’s New with Planning on the Front Range,” Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute Conference, 2018 & 2019
  • “Planning for Economic Vitality: The Power of Placemaking,” Denver Regional Council of Governments, Metro Vision Idea Exchange, 2017
  • Panelist, Urban Renewal Board Training, Downtown Colorado, Inc., 2017
  • “The Long and Winding Road to Redemption: A Brownfields Success Story,” Colorado American Planning Association Conference, 2016
  • “New Local Government Efforts on Pipeline Safety,” Pipeline Safety Trust Conference, 2014