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Reid Petersen

Resource & Referral Coordinator

Reid grew up in the greater Seattle area and moved to Bellingham, Washington in 2010 to attend Western Washington University where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish with a secondary focus in Business Administration.

His affinity for the Spanish language and Latin culture started at an early age which resulted in his taking private language courses and ultimately Spanish from elementary through his graduating high school. In 2009 he participated in his first exchange program through the Emerald City Rotary Club and was paired with a family in Spain who- 11 years later- he not only remains in close contact with, but considers his own. He has since returned to live with the same family in Spain for over a year's time in their home in Madrid including for his final semester of college while attending Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and Middlebury’s Sede Prim campus. He also participated in a J-1 Internship Program with a sporting event advertising agency where responsibilities included the translation of promotional documents, interpreting with clients in the United States, and web content.

In addition to specializing in the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures in college, Reid has also spent an extensive amount of time traveling through Mexico, Colombia, Puerto Rico, and Spain.

Following his graduation from college in 2015, Reid worked with a Washington-based US Department of State J-1 Visa Sponsor as the Manager of the U.S.-Mexico Internship and Trainee Program. Here he worked closely with third-party agents in Mexico to seek out viable program participants which included handling all screening, vetting, as well as the entirety of the application process and ultimately, placement at US-based host companies. Behind the scenes he created and translated all marketing materials, online content, dealt in program web design, and drafting of all informative documentation. During this time Reid was an active participant in the Bellingham Rotary Club, Whatcom Young Professionals, and frequented weekly meetings with the local Toastmasters.

In 2017 Reid moved to Steamboat with the intention to stay for a summer with his Aunt and Uncle who are long-time residents. He instead proceeded to find work, establish himself, and is now very excited to continue growing roots here with CIIC. Since joining the team he has been appointed to the Board of Directors with Yampa Valley Housing Authority with hopes to become more deeply involved in working to solve current housing issues here in the Valley and to help bridge the disconnect between supply and the community we represent.