About Eric Sondermann
Eric Sondermann is a high-profile, Colorado-based political commentator, writer, civic leader and consultant.
As Colorado’s leading, non-aligned pundit, Eric writes a weekly column for Colorado Politics magazine and the new Denver Gazette. He is a regular panelist on the weekly “Colorado Inside Out” program on Colorado Public Television and co-hosts the “Colorado Decides” political debate series sponsored by PBS-Channel 12, CBS4 and the Colorado Sun.
He is regularly called upon as a go-to source of independent political insight by a laundry list of media outlets across the state and nation, and occasionally beyond our borders. He is respected for his candor, his independent thinking, and his ability to distinguish analysis from spin.
Committed to civic engagement, Eric has chaired the Boards of the Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation, The Logan School, Roots Elementary and Catapult Leadership. He has also served on the Boards of Urban Peak, the Colorado League of Charter Schools, Colorado Public Radio, the Children’s Museum of Denver, Judaism Your Way and the Colorado Symphony.
Well over two decades ago, Eric founded the well-respected media and public affairs consulting firm, SE2. In 2014, he sold his interest to his long-time business partners to devote his next chapter to these pursuits in addition to some high-level strategic consulting on a handful of critical public policy issues.
Eric and his wife Tracy Dunning divide their time between Denver and a mountain retreat near Tabernash. They are the parents of two grown children, Katrina and Clarke.
2021 Panelist Profile | Q&A with Eric
Have you attended The Energy Summit before? As a guest or panelist?
Once. Maybe a half-dozen years ago, very early in Dan Haley’s tenure. As a speaker.
What made you decide to join us at this 33rd Annual Energy Summit conference to participate on this panel, and how they are interpreted?
I am doing less speaking in Denver these days as we are spending the overwhelming share of our time at a home we have in the mountains near Tabernash. But this one piqued my interest given that the topic of the session is so timely and outside of the usual conference fare. I have written frequently on the pandemic – its implications and sad politicization. Most recently, I penned this piece, trying to take stock of some of the adaptations of the COVID year that we might want to retain.
How would you recommend that someone stays current on these issues, if they are interested or want to know more?
Read and listen to a variety of sources and viewpoints. Especially those that differ from your prevailing bias. Do what you can to get out of your media bubble. And your social or professional bubble as well.
Any great books or binge-worthy shows to recommend?
Indeed. Two books in particular – one I’m in the middle of and one I recently finished.
-I am currently reading “The Holly” by Denver author Julian Rubinstein. It is a meticulously researched story of gang activity, race relations and far more in Denver, centered around the old Holly Square in North Park Hill. It is about our city and includes many people we have known over the years – but its applicability is far broader.
-My other recent read that I heartily recommend is “The Biggest Bluff” by Maria Konnikova. The writer is an American immigrant from Russia; Harvard-educated; who writes regularly for the New Yorker on topics of applied psychology. In this story, she decides to teach herself to play poker at the very highest levels, despite having zero experience with the game. I am not much of a gambler and this book was outside my usual fare. But it has been a long time since I have enjoyed a book as much. Yes, it is about poker. But far more than that, it is about learning to understand yourself and understand the person on the other side of the table.
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