San Isabel names new development director

San Isabel welcomes Janet Smith of Westcliffe as our new director of development.



Janet replaces Kristie Nackord, who has established her own strategic communications firm.

As director of development, Janet is responsible for building and implementing San Isabel’s fundraising and outreach programs, which include Art for the Sangres and the Hardscrabble Mountain Trail Run. She’ll also coordinate all communications.

Protecting our natural and cultural resources has long been a personal and professional cause for Janet. As a newspaper editor and resident in a fast-growing coastal area, she advocated for high quality, sustainable growth management and land conservation. 

Before moving to Westcliffe in 2013, Janet was managing editor and editorial page editor at The Island Packet, a daily newspaper serving the Hilton Head Island, S.C., region. She also served as vice president of government and public affairs for the Hilton Head Island Chamber of Commerce, working with its education partners and a community leadership development program that explored state and local government, education, team building, culture and history.

Earlier in her career, she and her husband, Greg, also helped launch and establish an independent business magazine, a city magazine and a weekly newspaper.

Janet holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and an MBA, both from the University of Kansas.




Ben Lenth

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