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Q&A With Council Member Kondo

Get to Know Your Council Member

How Long Have You Lived in Northglenn?
I lived my entire childhood in Northglenn until I graduated from Thornton High School and left for the Naval Academy. I have had several windows to return here, in the mid 1990s, the first half of the 2000s & again from 2018 to present as a life-sciences executive.

The Kondo roots go back to the 1900s when my granddad, father and uncles were share-croppers along Riverdale Road.
What Neighborhood/Area Do You Live In?
Ward 3 near old Hulstrom Elementary. I attended Hulstrom and then Northglenn Junior High School.
What Do You Like Most About Northglenn?

Customer service with a personal touch, the small-town appeal and it is a well-planned community that has parks, greenway trails, retail and industrial interspersed with the residential areas.    

What is Your Education and Career Experience?


  • U.S. Naval Academy, B.S. Aerospace Engineering
  • Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program, M.S.-equivalent in Nuclear Engineering
  • University of Maryland, Asian Division, B.A. Business Administration
  • Harvard Business School, MBA

  • I served nearly 10 years on active duty as a Nuclear Submarine Junior officer with postings in Bremerton, WA; San Diego, CA; Pearl Harbor, HI and Yokosuka, Japan.
  • In civilian life, I have had various life-science industry marketing and new business development senior executive roles with Medtronic, Boston Scientific, C.R. Bard, Alphatech Spine, Globus Medical and Becton Dickinson.
  • Concurrently with my civilian career, I served in the Navy Reserves as the commanding officer/chief of staff to seven units ranging from 35 to 400 sailors in size. I retired as a captain in 2018 after nearly 30 years of service.
Tell Us About Your Family
There is a saying at the Naval Academy that “The Navy issues you your wife.” I can say that I am the ideal case study proving that limerick. We have a Lab-Rhodesian mix rescue dog who is 11 years old but acts more like a puppy; he was trained at the Colorado State Penitentiary.
How Have You Gotten Involved In the Community?
While hosting a Japanese home-stay student in 2018, my wife and I volunteered at the Immaculate Heart of Mary’s Food Bank and Crossroads Senior Assisted Living. Ironically, I had been in-training to fill a part-time lifeguard position when I received word about my appointment.
Why Did You Seek This Appointment?
I never had any political ambition. Following the death of a family member afflicted with dementia, I wanted to channel my time and energy spent as a caregiver in a new direction.

The Naval Academy develops not only officers to lead marines and sailors, but also future leaders in private and civic arenas. That is why I submitted my name and interviewed with the City Council. As I said then, I desire to bring the arc of my education and life experiences to bear to help with the betterment of the city I grew up in.
What Community Issues Are You Most Interested in Addressing?

Judicious use of taxpayer/grant monies while ensuring a strong financial position to weather economic downturns and contingencies while delivering world-class services (e.g. water, public safety, recreation, etc.) to residents with reasonable fees. 

What Regional Issues Are You Most Interested in Addressing?

As the designated alternate to Mayor Mredith Leighty for the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), I am learning how federal grants are distributed to local municipalities to shape quality of life improvements (e.g. better traffic, cleaner air/water and greenhouse gas reductions). Mastery of the process will put Northglenn on a better footing when competing for these grants.