Bonnie Petersen is a fifth-generation Western Colorado native and serves as Executive Director of Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado (AGNC). As Executive Director, Bonnie advances AGNC policies by serving as liaison to state and federal legislators, government agencies, and local government members to advance policies that support the communities in Northwest Colorado.
Bonnie is working to implement the long-term goal of making AGNC more active as an economic development resource for its members. She has successfully led the organization in the development of a regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and achieving the designation as an Economic Development District (EDD) for AGNC through the Economic Development Administration (EDA) which is part of the US Department of Commerce. During her tenure, she has convened an AGNC ED Summit annually and continues to develop relationships and networks to support the economic development role of the organization. She oversees the state’s Northwest Enterprise Zone, a tool for business retention, expansion, and location. During her tenure, marketing and education of the EZ tool have grown significantly.
Prior to joining AGNC, Bonnie served as the Executive Director of CLUB 20, an advocacy organization with members from 22 counties west of the Continental Divide in Colorado. Bonnie has had a broad-based and varied career in the construction industry, the financial services industry as well as the telecommunications industry.
Bonnie has served as a volunteer for numerous community organizations. She served on the board and was Chair of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce. She served on the board and as Chair for two years for the Grand Junction Economic Partnership. She served on the board and as Chair for two years for the Riverview Technology Corporation. She served on the board and served as President for two years for the Western Colorado Boy Scout Council. She has been a volunteer for the Chipeta Girl Scout Council. She was a member of the Grand Junction Kiwanis Club for more than twenty years. She was a board member and Vice President of the Grand Junction Home Builders Association and served as a board member for the Grand Junction Partners organization.
Bonnie, a mother of five, enjoys many outdoor activities with her family including, snowmobiling, off-road exploring, boating, and fishing.
Tiffany Pehl has served as Program Administrator for AGNC for the past five years, and has recently been given the title of Deputy Director. She is the administrator of the Northwest Enterprise Zone. In this role, she assists non-profit organizations in setting up projects with the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade so that contributors to their projects can receive tax credits. She also administers a variety of Federal and State grants that enable AGNC to maintain operations.
Economic Development Coordinator
Toni Barrett joined the AGNC staff in January of 2022. She assists Bonnie and Tiffany in many of their daily tasks. She also schedules and organizes all of the tasks necessary to conduct the monthly Board Meetings that are conducted in various locations throughout the Northwest portion of our state. Toni is responsible for the maintenance of the Northwest Enterprise Zone contribution projects. She administers all accounting activities, such as billing, invoices, and reconciliation.