About CWPC

The Community Wildfire Planning Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to helping communities prepare for, adapt to, and recover from wildfires. CWPC was formed in 2017 and works with communities across the United States and elsewhere.

Board of Directors

Mike Budd

Mike Budd

Mike Budd currently works as a REALTOR with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Colorado Properties, where he has been recognized as a member of the Chairman’s Gold Circle and received awards for Leading Edge Society and Top Unit Sales in Colorado. Mike’s extensive real estate and marketing career includes serving as vice president of sales and marketing for The Genie Company, a $500 million-plus corporation. Mike has more recently focused his activities in the Vail Valley, where he has served in leadership positions with the Vail Board of REALTORS and currently chairs the wildfire taskforce for the Colorado Association of REALTORS. He also engages in community activities, including his previous role as chair for local metropolitan districts and property owner associations. Mike graduated from Cornell University and has earned the following certifications: Graduate Realtor Institute, e-Pro Technology, and Resort & Second Home Property Specialist. Mike is excited to share his marketing and REALTOR perspectives to guide CWPC’s success.

Kelly Johnston, RPF, FBAN

Kelly Johnston, RPF, FBAN

As a Registered Professional Forester and Wildland Fire Behavior Analyst, Kelly has worked in wildland fire management since 1991. His primary expertise is in community wildfire risk, fire behavior and prescribed fire.  As the President of Wildland Professional Solutions Inc, he provides expertise and leadership on a spectrum innovative local to international projects, including the Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire program, the first FEMA WUI Regulations training course, the REALFire® and My Wildfire Risk HIZ programs, and service as an appointed member of the NFPA Committee on Wildland and Rural Fire Protection. Kelly looks forward to helping lead the Community Wildfire Planning Center in providing wildfire resilience planning assistance to communities.

Molly Mowery, AICP

Molly Mowery, AICP

Molly Mowery is founder and CEO of Wildfire Planning International, LLC, a consulting practice that helpings communities reduce wildfire risk through land use planning strategies. Ms. Mowery developed the first wildfire planning training course for FEMA, and co-authored the forthcoming “Planning the Wildland-Urban Interface” publication by the American Planning Association. She also manages the planning assistance for the Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire program. She received her Master in City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is certified through the American Planning Association. As a founding member of the CWPC board, she is excited to bring her expertise to new community-based opportunities.

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Donald L. Elliott, FAICP

Donald L. Elliott, FAICP

Donald L. Elliott, FAICP, is a Director with Clarion Associates, LLC, a national land use consulting firm. Don’s practice focuses on land development regulation, fair housing, reasonable accommodation, and affordable housing. Don has assisted over 40 U.S. communities to update plans and regulations related to housing, zoning, subdivision, and land development. He is the author of A Better Way to Zone (Island Press 2008), co-author of The Rules that Shape Urban Form (APA 2012) and The Citizen’s Guide to Planning (APA 2009) and has served as the editor of Colorado Land Planning and Development Law for over 25 years. Don teaches a graduate level course on Land Use Regulation at the University of Colorado at Denver School of Architecture and Planning and is a member of the Denver Planning Board. Don has a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy Analysis from Yale University, a law degree from Harvard Law School, and a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Erica Kirk

Erica Kirk

Erica Kirk is the Association Executive for the Vail Board of Realtors which is a trade association for Realtors in Eagle County. Erica is a dedicated business professional that is experienced in marketing and communications. She has a demonstrated history of working with general business theory, management, and practice along with building customer relations and brand awareness. Erica has actively been part of the REALFire program and helps promote fire awareness to VBR members and homeowners. Erica has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Southwest Minnesota State University.