Karen Stuart, Executive Director

Smart Commute’s Executive Director Karen Stuart is a former mayor of the City and County of Broomfield known for her regional collaboration and strong support of FasTracks. While in elected office, she served as chair of the Northwest Parkway Public Highway Authority and had leadership roles with the Denver Regional Council of Governments, the U.S. 36 Mayors and Commissioners Coalition, and the Metro Mayors Caucus. She currently serves on the FasTracks Citizens’ Advisory Committee. Karen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology and economics from Marymount College, along with a certificate from the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Karen is a resident of Adams County.


Catherine Sanders, Senior Program Manager

Catherine grew up locally in Thornton, Colorado, but was exposed to vastly different transportation networks during college while attending Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. While in Michigan, Catherine worked for the City of Ann Arbor and helped support the non-motorized transportation program, where she fell in love with the challenges of inspiring behavior change in the transportation realm. In 2010, Catherine moved back to Colorado and settled in Northglenn. Since returning, she has worked at 36 Commuting Solutions and the Denver Regional Council of Governments.  Catherine and her husband have four children.


Cathy Bird, Marketing and Program Manager

Originally from Ohio, Cathy fell in love with the freedom of transit at age 11. Stemming from days spent busing to her grandparents, biking on Indiana University’s campus, and then guiding students through the Paris metro, Cathy grew into quite the transit geek. Moving to Denver in 1991, Cathy taught French and Spanish to middle school students for more than sixteen years. Switching gears in 2014 brought her to the Citizens’ Academy class at the Transit Alliance and an internship at the Alliance Center, all while volunteering at Transportation Solutions, Denver B-cycle, and Safe Routes to School Coalition. In 2016, she was asked to serve on the board of eGo CarShare and became outreach coordinator for 36 Commuting Solutions in Louisville. After serving the U.S. 36 corridor through education, promotion, and program management, Cathy switched her focus to marketing and congestion mitigation along the I-25 corridor with Smart Commute Metro North.


Chris Eberle, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Chris is a sum of many parts: She’s part marketer, part teacher, part storyteller, part problem analyst, and part word nerd. She previously taught at Kansas State University and later at both Front Range Community College and Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design as an English and humanities instructor. After her time in the classroom, she served as the marketing and communications manager for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), headquartered in Genesee. Today, she serves as Smart Commute’s marketing and communications coordinator, where she helps spread the latest transportation news to the public, conveys new ideas and smarter commute options to others, and shares relatable stories across the Denver north metro. At the end of the day, Chris strives to meet people where they are and help them get where they need to be.