Alliance Staff & Board Meet the Board
The Alliance Board consists of nine representatives. Five representatives are from the private sector and are elected for three year terms by Alliance members. The four public sector representatives are appointed by their respective jurisdictions. One public sector representative serves from each of our three communities (Durango, Bayfield, and Ignacio) as well as La Plata County to ensure that the Alliance represents all of La Plata County.
Our staff and board are vital to accomplishing the Alliance’s vision and mission.
Dr. Steven Elias
Kent Curtis Edward Box III Ashleigh Tarkington
Meet the Staff Working as a Team is critical to the success of La Plata County. If you would like to know more or meet us, please stop by our office at 2301 Main Avenue, Durango Colorado or call us at 970-259-1700.
Mike French Executive Director
Michael French started his own IT Infrastructure Service company at the age of 28 and grew it until it was sold to a public entity 8 years later in 2005.
He stayed with that same organization in executive roles through various mergers and acquisitions for the next 11 years exiting as the Chief Marketing Officer of a $3B company.
He went on to run a leadership development consulting firm for a couple of former Blue Angel pilots and Navy Admiral as Vice President of Operations.
Has been heavily involved in local and regional, not for profit organizations including Mountain Studies Institute and is and current President of the Southwest Colorado Community Foundation Board of Directors.
He has been small business owner, advisor, and investor.
Has been a Durango resident for 12 years with his wife Celestia and his two children Bodhi and Aila.
Michael French’s contact information is (970) 259-1700.
Please feel free to reach out to Michael if you have any questions or your business is in need of assistance.
Michelle Furi Director of Operations
Michelle has a solid background in public and private partnerships and operations. In her career, she has served as a town administrator and a town clerk for several years and also worked for the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management.
Michelle has recently overseen operations at Mountain Studies Institute in our community, solidifying large contracts with the Federal, State, and local governments. She is an accomplished administrator of personnel and program management and has expertise in grant-making and strategic planning.
Michelle graduated from Adams State University and has second degree from University of New Mexico. She has a daughter attending Fort Lewis College and another daughter in high school. Michelle is an avid outdoor enthusiast and was a certified EMT for 6 years and has training in Avalanche Safety and Swift Water Rescue.