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Columbia Association names new communications director

The Columbia Association announced this week that it named Celeste Olinger new director of communications.

Olinger brings more than 25 years of public relations and communications experience from federal, state and local branches of government to the organization, according to a CA news release.

Previously, the position was held by Jessie Newburn, who left in June.

Most recently, Olinger spent approximately 18 years working for the city of Northglenn, Colo., a suburb of Denver, as the city's public communications coordinator and community relations liaison.

Olinger has also worked as a congressional assistant to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and in college relations for Front Range Community College in Colorado.

“I was attracted to Columbia Association because it is a progressive community recognized by the public for its best practices and voted multiple times to the top 10 list of livable communities,” Olinger said in a statement. “I was interested in becoming a part of a team where I could contribute my skills and experience while further enhancing my career aspirations.”

Olinger is hoping to better engage the community, including looking at ways in which CA can involve residents in idea-sharing in order to identify and solve issues of community interest, according to the news release.

“I would like to see communication become a little more interactive,” she said. “Rather than us just passing information to the community, I would like to encourage residents to engage in conversations and dialogue about CA so we can get their perspective. In the upcoming months, we will be asking residents what they would like to see and how they would like us to communicate.”

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