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Aspen Names Three Department Directors
Contacts: Sara Ott, City Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-920-5083, Denise White, Communications Director, email@example.com or 970-920-5293
Aspen, Colo. –Thursday, July 8, 2021 – City Manager Sara Ott and County Manager Jon Peacock today announced that Matthew Gillen has been named the new Executive Director for the Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority (APCHA). The City of Aspen also announced that Interim Human Resources Director Courtney DeVito has been appointed as the department’s new director, and Asset Management Project Manager Robert Schober has been promoted to capital asset director, filling two other key vacancies.
“We are excited to have Matthew on board,” said County Manager Jon Peacock. “While he has a nontraditional housing background, Matthew's leadership experience made him an excellent applicant. He will be a strong addition to APCHA and our community."
Gillen comes to APCHA with a strong, proven background in leadership, relationship building, and policy implementation. Prior to accepting this role, Gillen served as a foreign service officer with the United States Department of State for over 20 years. His position includes being a diplomat in Bangladesh, the United Kingdom, Vietnam, Ireland, and Chile in various program, policy, and management roles. In this role, he also served in policy positions in Washington DC in the bureaus of Consular Affairs, European Affairs, and as an American Political Science Association Fellow in Congress. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Government from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
“Matthew’s strong background in public policy, diplomacy and listening to various needs in the areas he’s served make him an excellent choice to lead the efforts of APCHA,” City Manager Sara Ott stated. “I look forward to his leadership in advancing solutions to our region’s biggest challenges in affordable housing.”
Gillen is excited to bring this momentum into his work at APCHA and addressing the critical issues of affordable housing in the area. In response to accepting this position, Gillen shared, “Aspen is a special place, and I’m excited to have this opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way in the worthwhile work APCHA is doing to keep it special.”
In his new role, effective October 13, 2021, Gillen will be tasked with overseeing all housing programs, policies, and personnel of the Housing Authority, including operations management and finance. He and his family plan to relocate temporarily to Aspen while they develop a family home on property they own in the Roaring Fork Valley. The move to Colorado will not be the first for Gillen. Before starting his diplomacy career, Gillen worked two jobs in Beaver Creek as a lift operator and security guard in the 1990s.
DeVito has more than 17 years of human resources (HR) experience, including nine with the City of Aspen. She started with the organization as a risk analyst in 2012 and has served as the department’s deputy director and interim director. She formerly worked with Aspen Ski Company as a payroll and benefits specialist and at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area as a human resources manager.
“I’m honored to continue serving Aspen and collaborating with other City departments to incorporate our values into the work we do,” said DeVito. “I’m looking forward to building on our relationships with peers in the community to make a difference in supporting our local workforce and helping staff grow in their roles.”
DeVito received her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Saint Michael’s College in Vt. Additionally, she holds certifications in HR Management, is a certified mediator, and is currently studying for the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) exam. She relocated to Colorado in 2002 for the ski culture as she has been entrenched in the ski community all her life.
Schober joined the city in 2018 as a project manager and previously held various general contracting roles in the private sector. Since making the switch to public service, he has appreciated being a liaison and representing the community's interests in City assets.
“I’ve never worked anywhere where you get so much public engagement,” shared Schober, excited to grow his career in public service. “It’s nice to be able to make project decisions based on how a decision impacts our community and represents Aspen’s interests versus only looking at the bottom-line.”
Schober holds a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University and a master's degree in Civil Engineering from Clemson University in South Carolina. During his tenure with the City, Schober has managed several high-profile projects such as the new city offices, Burlingame Ranch Phase 3 Affordable Housing Development, and the Wheeler Opera House exterior restoration. He and his wife moved to the Roaring Fork Valley over five years ago.
For information about Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority services, please visit apcha.org. For information about the City of Aspen, please visit cityofaspen.com.