Charles Cunniffe, Pitkin County Trustee

Colorado Mountain College’s trustee from District 1, Charles Cunniffe AIA, is the principal of Charles Cunniffe Architects, and has worked as an architect in Aspen since 1979.

Charles Cunnife, Pitkin County TrusteeHe has been an active college supporter for many years, most recently as a member of the CMC Foundation Board. A lifelong learner, Cunniffe has taken a number of classes at the college over the years as well as through the American Institute of Architects. When making the case for an interim appointment to the CMC board, he explained that his strengths are loyalty, persistence, perseverance and a fresh perspective from a different profession.

“One of my goals is to promote Colorado Mountain College in the Roaring Fork Valley community and beyond,” he said. “I feel strongly that Colorado Mountain College is on the right track. The growth potential is tremendous. The mission of creating better futures for students, faculty and the community is commendable, and I would like to be able to help.”

Cunniffe serves on the Aspen Rotary-Rotary International World Service Committee, AIA Colorado West Board of Directors (president-elect), Jazz Aspen Snowmass (Governance Chair) and River Bridge Regional Center boards. He was one of the founders of the renowned nonprofit Jazz Aspen Snowmass, and a founding board member of River Bridge.

He holds bachelor’s degrees in architecture, fine arts and sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design, followed by studies at Harvard Graduate School of Design, MIT and Brown University.

Cunniffe is the trustee from District 1, which covers most of Pitkin County, plus a small area within Eagle County. District 1 is formally described as Pitkin County, not including the Roaring Fork School District Re-1 Director District B, plus the area within the boundaries of Re-1 Director District A.