Sep 12, 2014


Matt Appelbaum headshotThe Honorable Matthew Appelbaum

Mayor, City of Boulder

Matthew Appelbaum was selected by the city council in November, 2011 to serve as the mayor of the City of Boulder, and again in 2013 to a second two-year mayoral term.  He has been on the Boulder City Council since 2007, most recently reelected to a four-year term in 2013.  He was the interim mayor in 2009, and previously was a councilmember from 1987 – 1995, when he served as deputy mayor for four years.
Matt has been involved in civic activities for three decades, serving on a wide variety of city boards and committees that advised the council on such issues as transportation, budgeting and revenues, affordable housing, and parks and recreation.  He has also served on the board of directors and as chair of PLAN-Boulder County and on the executive committee of the local chapter of the Sierra Club.  His current interests on council range across a wide variety of issues in addition to those just noted, including land use and urban design, economic vitality, environmental protection, and a more recent emphasis on energy efficiency, potential municipalization of the city’s electric system, and long-term sustainability.


Jeff Arthur headshotJeff Arthur

Director of Public Works for Utilities, City of Boulder

Jeff Arthur has been the Director of Public Works for Utilities since November 2011. In this role, he oversees the city’s Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater/Flood Control utilities including a staff of approximately 150 employees.
Jeff previously served the City of Boulder as a Civil Engineer (1997-2002) and as the Engineering Review Manager (2002-2011).  Prior to joining the city, he served as the Assistant Town Engineer/Utilities Superintendent for the Town of Essex, Vt.   He has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Clarkson University.


Reggie Bicha headshotReggie Bicha

Executive Director, Colorado Department of Human Services

Reggie Bicha was appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Human Services in 2011.

Reggie is a social worker, administrator, educator and national leader. He has extensive experience working on child welfare, education, employment and health issues at the county, state and national levels. Before moving to Colorado, Reggie served as the Inaugural Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.  

Reggie is the current President of the American Public Human Services Association governing board.  And, in 2012, he was selected for the Ascend Fellowship, sponsored by the prestigious Aspen Institute, to focus on approaches to move children and parents beyond poverty.

In January 2014, Reggie was recognized for his leadership and dedication with the Casey Family Programs “Excellence for Children Award.”

He and his wife, Becky, have three children, and have served as foster parents.


Kim Burgess headshotKim Burgess

Statewide Chief Human Resources Officer, State of Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration, Division of Human Resources

Kim Burgess was appointed as the Statewide Chief Human Resources Officer in February 2014 for the Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration (DPA), Division of Human Resources.

Kim has more than 24 years of executive experience, with an extensive background in human resources. She has played an instrumental role in the development and implementation of million dollar budgets, statewide policies and strategic initiatives at several state agencies throughout her career.

Prior to her most recent appointment, Kim served as the chief operating officer for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), where she oversaw the administrative operations for the department and its divisions, and played a primary role in the strategic decision-making and implementation of statewide projects with the state legislature, stakeholders, employees and public. In addition to this role, Kim served as DNR’s human resources director and worked with the Division of Wildlife to advance wildlife policies and regulations.


Michael Chard headshotMichael N. Chard

Director, Boulder Office of Emergency Management (BOEM)

Mike Chard has been a Boulder County resident since 1994. The best part of his job as the Director of BOEM, he says, is working in the county where he lives. Having that connection heightens his commitment to the community. Mike has 28 years of experience in the emergency service field, including 26 years as a firefighter with the Boulder Fire Department, Sheridan Fire Department and Loveland Fire-Rescue, 23 years experience as a paramedic (11 of those serving Boulder County), 17 years in education and training and 10 years of emergency management experience. He holds a Masters of Science in Management & Organizational Leadership and a Bachelors of Science in Organizational Development from Regis University, an Associate of Science in Fire Science from Red Rocks Community College, as well as numerous certifications in the Emergency Management field.


Tom Clark headshot

Tom Clark

Chief Executive Officer, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

Tom Clark is the Chief Executive Officer of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation and Executive Vice President of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. He has over 30 years of economic development experience at the state, regional, county and city levels.

Mr. Clark’s recent accolades include the 2012 Denver Business Journal’s Power Book Award in the Economic Development and Government category and being named the 2012 Denver Post Business Person of the Year.

Mr. Clark’s career spans four decades from Director of Commercial and Industrial Development for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, through positions with the Fort Collins, Colorado Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Denver Corporation, the Boulder Chamber of Commerce, the Jefferson Economic Council, and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. He holds bachelors degrees in speech and psychology from Minnesota State University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Illinois. Mr. Clark was the founder and first president of the Metro Denver Network, the Metro Denver region's first economic development program, for which he received the Arthur D. Little Award for Excellence in Economic Development. He was chosen as one of the nation's top economic development professionals by the Council on Urban Economic Development. In 2007 Clark was awarded the Business Person of the Year by the Colorado Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.


Jim Davidson headshotJim Davidson

Resilience Expert, Expedition Leader & Author; Speaking of Adventure

Jim Davidson is a climber who shares stories and lessons distilled from a lifetime of mountain adventures and rescues. As a high-altitude mountaineer and expedition leader for 32 years, Jim is an expert in resilience.  Along the way, he endured an incredible mountain survival situation.  His epic tale and the lessons he learned from it are also shared in Jim's best-selling memoir, "The Ledge: An Inspirational Story of Friendship and Survival" (Random House/Ballantine Books).  

Jim’s survival story is so compelling, that it was made into an episode of the international hit TV show, I Shouldn't Be Alive (Discovery Network). Jim shares uplifting messages about resilience and perseverance that inspire people to overcome challenge and to reach the summits in their lives.  A graduate of Colorado State University (M.S. Geology), Jim lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Chris Fabian

Co-Founder, Center for Priority Based Budgeting, Denver

Chris is co-founder of the Center for Priority Based Budgeting, a Denver-based organization whose mission is to help local governments implement a Priority Based Budgeting methodology he helped design that has been implemented in 70 organizations across the Country and Canada. During his career, Chris has provided consulting and advisory services to numerous local governments across the country.  His consulting experience has focused on public entities at all levels, advising top municipal managers, department heads and program directors from over 100 organizations concerning the fundamental business issues of local government.  Of most significance, his work has centered on the budget process as a lever to produce results, accountability and change; performance and outcome-based management; purpose, productivity, and efficiency in operations; and rigorous financial analysis and strategy.  Pursing the objectives of “Budgeting for Outcomes” (BFO), Chris was a partner of the consulting team that implemented BFO in Ft. Collins, Colorado, one of the leading organizations using this approach and is now assisting with their conversion to the Priority Based Budgeting model he developed in partnership with Jon Johnson, CPBB’s other co-founder.


Andrew Freedman headshotAndrew Freedman

Director, Marijuana Coordination, Office of Governor Hickenlooper

Andrew Freedman is a native Coloradan-- graduating from Cherry Creek High School in 2002. He graduated from Tufts in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and political science, and from Harvard Law School in 2010 with a law degree.  Upon law school graduation, Andrew joined the Hickenlooper for Colorado campaign where he was tapped by Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia to be his Chief of Staff. During his time with the Lieutenant Governor, the office won a $45 million Race to the Top Grant for early childhood education, created the Office of Early Childhood, helped passed the READ act, and collaborated with Mile High United Way to create the Colorado Reading Corps. Andrew left the Lieutenant Governor's office in 2013 to become the Director of Colorado Commits to Kids, the Yes on 66 campaign, Colorado's largest effort to date to overhaul the education funding system. In 2014, Andrew was appointed as Colorado's first Director of Marijuana Coordination. As Director, Andrew's mission is to ensure that the regulation of Colorado's retail and medical marijuana, including marijuana education, youth prevention and substance abuse treatment efforts, are handled in an efficient and effective manner.


Michael Hancock headshotMayor Michael B. Hancock

City and County of Denver

Michael Hancock became Denver’s 45th mayor in July 2011 and immediately began to transform Denver into a globally competitive and connected city. The Mayor has developed strategic short- and long-term business plans to support and grow Denver’s diverse, intelligent and forward-leaning businesses in emerging industries such as clean energy, bio-technology, telecommunications, aerospace and healthcare. Through this work, Denver’s economy is at the forefront of American cities, offering among the strongest job and housing markets in the U.S. The Mayor also believes there is nothing more important than helping every young person in every neighborhood compete and succeed in the 21st Century economy. He is aligning all City departments with nonprofits, businesses and educational organizations to better prepare all children for every stage of life. Mayor Hancock has also brought meaningful reform to the Denver Police Department by establishing new leadership that has reorganized the department to get highly trained officers out of the office and back onto the streets. These steps together strengthen Denver’s unparalleled quality of life.


Randy Harrison headshotRandy Harrison                                            

Senior Fellow, Buechner Institute for Governance School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver

Randy Harrison is a Senior Fellow at the Buechner Institute for Governance, School of Public Affairs UC Denver for research, program and professional development and training and teaches Public-Private Partnerships in the Master’s Program.  The Buechner Institute recently partnered with the National Council of Public-Private Partnerships to deliver a Workshop on P3 Implementation in Colorado. He recently served as Executive Director of Move Colorado, a non-profit corporation representing Colorado’s transportation community on transportation finance issues, particularly ballot initiatives and legislative fee based fiscal solutions.


Tanya Heikkila headshotTanya Heikkila, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver

Associate Professor Tanya Heikkila received her PhD in Public Affairs in 2001 from the University of Arizona.  Dr Heikkila’s research expertise is in comparative institutional analysis and the management of collaboration and conflict around common pool resources, with an emphasis on water resources. She has studied institutions for coordinating groundwater and surface water in the western United States, interstate water conflicts and cooperation, the organization of collaborative ecosystem restoration programs, as well as the political landscape of hydraulic fracturing in the United States. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, the PepsiCo Foundation, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


Aden Hogan headshotAden Hogan, Jr.

ICMA-CM, City Manager, City of Evans

Aden Hogan, Jr. was appointed as the Evans City Manager in December 2006. As the chief administrative officer he is responsible for directing all City departments and the day-to-day operations, and programs of the city. He also serves as an advisor to the Mayor and City Council on various topics such as finance, policy, strategic planning, best practices and operations. Before coming to Evans, Aden served as the Town Administrator for Parker, Colorado for nearly ten years, guiding that community from a population of 11,500 to over 43,000.
Prior to his tenure in Colorado, Aden was Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Oklahoma City. Following the bombing of the A. P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995, Aden served as one of the directors of the City’s Multi-Agency Coordination Team during the 17-day response to that disaster. He also served nearly three years as Oklahoma City’s Risk Manager. His experience is unique with experience in both city and county government, private sector engineering and non-profit organizations.


Benoy Jacob headshot

Benoy Jacob, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Director, Center for Local Government Research and Training Buechner Institute for Governance, School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver

Benoy’s research specialization is local political economy. He focuses on three interrelated themes: land development, social institutions, and public finance.  Benoy is currently working on a series of papers that explore: local fiscal stress, community well-being, and collaborative governance.  His work has been featured in Urban Affairs Review, Public Organization Review, the Canadian Journal of Public Administration, and Public Administration Review.  Prior to joining the School of Public Affairs, Benoy was an Assistant Professor of Politics and Policy at Claremont Graduate University’s School of Politics and Economics.
Benoy earned his PhD in Public Administration in 2008 from the University of Illinois – Chicago. While completing his PhD, Benoy worked as a Summer Associate at RAND and was also awarded a Lincoln Institute of Land Policy dissertation fellowship. Benoy has also worked as a land-use planner for Rockland County (New York), and as a development consultant for a small consulting firm in the New York Metropolitan Area.


Douglas Koelemay headshotJ. Douglas Koelemay

Director, Office of Transportation Public Private Partnerships, Commonwealth of Virginia (OTP3)

J. Douglas Koelemay was named Director of the Office of Transportation Public Private Partnerships (OTP3) in January 2014 after four decades of experience in business, government and non-profit sectors. The OTP3 Director reports to and through Virginia’s Secretary of Transportation.

In 1993 Koelemay authored “Financing the Future: Report of the Commission to Promote Investment in America’s Infrastructure,” a charge of the 1991 federal ISTEA legislation.  Commission recommendations sparked adoption of TIFIA, private activity bonds and other alternate financing tools.

He also has served as the Northern Virginia Representative on the Commonwealth Transportation Board from 2006 to 2012 and as a member of the Fairfax County Tysons Corner Task Force from 2005 to 2010.

Other public service includes work as a journalist, as a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Department of State, Malawi, Barbados and Geneva, and as a legislative assistant to former Congressman Robert Mollohan (D-WV) and Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ).


Richard_Lamm_headshotThe Honorable Richard D. Lamm

Co-Director, Institute for Public Policy Studies, University of Colorado Denver; former Governor, State of Colorado

Gov. Lamm, who served three terms as Colorado Governor from 1975-1987, has always been in the forefront of political change. In 1992, he was honored by the Denver Post and Historic Denver, Inc. as one of the 100 most important people in Colorado history. Gov. Lamm teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, including "Hard Choices in Public Policy" and "Medical Policy." A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, he earned his J.D. from Boalt Hall at the University of California, Berkeley.


Michelle Lueck headshotMichele Lueck

President and CEO, Colorado Health Institute

Michele Lueck is the president and CEO of the Colorado Health Institute. She joined the organization in November 2010, bringing nearly 20 years of health and health care experience. Her work ranges from consulting with leading academic organizations to serving rural health care providers. Her expertise in strategic communications informs the current work and direction of CHI.
Over the course of her career, she has worked for organizations that inform health care delivery and policy decisions with research, data and insight. Previously, she held leadership roles in two health-related nonprofits located on Colorado’s Western Slope. And before entering the nonprofit world, she worked in account management at Sg2 and Thomson Reuters.
She has consulted with many nonprofits including the Children’s Health Foundation, the Aspen Medical Foundation and the Redford Center (previously the Sundance Preserve).
Michele has an undergraduate degree from Harvard and a master’s degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia.


John Morris headshotThe Honorable John L. Morris

Mayor, City of Evans, Colorado

As Mayor for the City of Evans, Morris is dedicated to the betterment of the local government process.  Over the recent years the City of Evans has made leaps and bounds in recreating the way a City operates.  Our staff and City Council have worked diligently to ensure that all parts of our operations run transparently, efficiently and effectively.  Morris is very proud to be a part of this now and moving forward into Evans’ future.
Morris’ tenure with the City of Evans has included nearly 4 years on the Planning & Zoning Commission serving as a Commissioner, Vice-Chairman, and Chairman.  John was then appointed to City Council to fill a vacancy in Ward 1, re-elected to Ward 1 and selected by his peers to serve as Mayor Pro-Tem, before becoming Mayor in April, 2014.  John’s professional experiences include over 20 years in business management as well managing non-profit organizations.


Bryan Ostler headshotBryan Ostler

Human Resources Director, Adams County Colorado

Bryan Ostler is currently serving as the Adams County Human Resources Director and has been with the organization for over three (3) years.   In this role he oversees Total Rewards, Organizational Learning and Development, Talent Acquisition and Retention, and Asset Protect (Risk Management, Safety, Property/Causality Liability, and Worker’s Compensation). Prior to working at Adams County, Ostler worked for the Town of Frederick as the Interim Town Manager, Deputy Town Manager for five (5) years.  In this role he was responsible for the leadership of the finance, human resources, records and elections, municipal court, golf course operations, outsourced IT services, solid waste services and contract negotiations.

Prior to his career with Frederick, Ostler worked for the city of Westminster’s Human Resources Division. In this role, Ostler gained valuable experience handling budgets, compensation, employee relations, training and development, recruitment and special management projects.

Ostler has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Resource Management with a minor in Business Administration from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. He also holds a Master of Public Policy Degree with an emphasis in Public Administration from the University of Colorado.


Don Pagel headshotDon Pagel

Vice President of Public Sector Services, Kronos, Inc.

Don recently came to Kronos after 5 years with the City of Houston where he was most recently the Deputy Director in the Office of the Mayor. His past City responsibilities have been as a change agent for City Payroll and Parking Management where he helped save the City over $7 million a year through payroll automation and was also very involved in various economic development projects throughout the City.  
Don is a seasoned business executive with experience in business turnarounds and technology implementations.  Don has over 25 years of executive experience in the distribution, manufacturing, IT and ERP consulting industries.  He has held executive positions in government, sales, marketing, operations, IT and general management.  Don’s past business associations have included Chemed International – CA and OH, Unisource Worldwide - OH, Georgia Pacific - OH, Toyota Tsusho - KY, AmSan LLC - TX, Kodiak Thermal Technologies - TX, Brightstar US – IL.


Ki'i Powell headshotC. Ki`i Powell, Ph.D.  

Performance Management Director, Colorado Department of Human Services

Ki`i Powell is the Performance Management Director for the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) since its inception in December 2011. Powell leads the Department’s Stat strategy, C-Stat.  Powell has a background in research and evaluation in both Child Welfare and Behavioral Health. Prior to her current position, she was the Research and Evaluation Manger for the Division of Child welfare in CDHS.  Powell has also worked for the State of Hawai`i Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division and the CDHS Division of Behavioral Health in the Research and Evaluation sections. Powell earned her degree in Psychology at Hawai`i Pacific University (B.A) and her degrees in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hawai`i (M.A. and Ph.D.).


Jill Repella headshotJill Repella

Vice Chair, Douglas County Board of County Commissioners, District III

As a fifth generation Colorado native and a resident of Highlands Ranch since 1994, Ms. Repella comes from a long line of proud Colorado citizens.

In addition to her responsibilities as a County Commissioner, Ms. Repella will assume responsibilities as an appointee to the following organizations, as a representative of Douglas County: Colorado Counties, Inc. General Government Steering Committees and Tourism Resorts Steering Committee; Denver Regional Council of Governments Board, alternate; Douglas County Water Resource Authority; e-470 Public Highway Authority; Partnership of Douglas County Governments; Southeast Business Partnership; Urban Drainage and Flood Control District, Accelerate Colorado and National Association of Counties Finance and Intergovernmental Relations Steering Committee. Douglas County is an Investor in Metro Denver Economic Development Council, Southeast Business Partnership, South Metro Chamber of Commerce, Northwest Douglas County Economic Development Corporation, Castle Rock Economic Development Council and multiple and local Chambers.  

Among the policy priorities about which Jill has the most passion and commitment is economic development. She believes it is a fundamental role of government to facilitate and maintain a fertile environment for business – an environment in which jobs can be created that will in turn create economic well-being and quality of life for the County's citizens. Exemplary of her commitment to Economic Development is her role in the passage of House Bill 12-1029 'The Colorado Jobs Act'.



Fred Sargeson headshotFred Sargeson

General Manager, Colorado.Interactive, LLC

As General Manager of Colorado Interactive, LLC, Fred leads a team of 41 employees in Denver dedicated to providing eGovernment services to state agencies and local governments through a contract with the Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA).  Fred has extensive experience, having worked with State and Federal Government for twenty years, and having served as General Manager of NIC portals in Montana, Indiana, Arizona, and Colorado.


David Shabazian headshotDavid Shabazian

Supervising Senior Planner, Sacramento Area Council of Governments

David has been in the planning field since 1990 after receiving a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from UC Davis. He spent three years as a planner for the City of Davis before returning to UC Davis in 1996 to earn a master’s degree in Transportation Technology and Policy. His thesis focused on linking land use and transportation planning and he was central in designing and building an urban growth model called UPlan, which has been used in many parts of California for city and regional planning. David has been at the Sacramento Area Council of Governments for 13 years. He was the Deputy Project Manager for the Blueprint: Transportation/Land Use Study and is the Program Manager for the Rural-Urban Connections Strategy, a regional effort to enhance rural economic viability and environmental sustainability. He has also been SACOG’s lead on floodplain management and water resource issues and is a former member of the Delta Vision Stakeholders Coordination Group.


Henry Sobanet headshotHenry Sobanet

Director, Office of State Planning & Budgeting, Office of Governor Hickenlooper

Henry Sobanet is a Denver native, educated at Regis High School, the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Colorado at Denver. He was employed as an economist for five years at the Colorado Legislative Council, the nonpartisan research office for the state legislature.

Henry Sobanet began working at the Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting in 1999 as Deputy Director. In September 2004, Governor Bill Owens appointed him to be Director of the office.   In 2005, Henry was the lead negotiator and researcher for the Governor’s Office in reaching a compromise with the legislature on the State’s budget shortfall. This effort resulted in Referendum C, which was adopted by the voters in November 2005. In 2006, Henry helped develop and negotiate an innovative plan to address the State’s pension shortfall.

From 2007 to 2011, he was President of Colorado Strategies LLC, a firm that specialized in economics, public affairs, and strategic management.

In 2011, Governor John Hickenlooper selected Henry to return as Director of the Office of State Planning & Budgeting.


Diana Urban headshotThe Honorable Diana S. Urban

Connecticut State Representative

Diana Urban was first elected to the General Assembly November 7, 2000 and is currently serving her seventh term. She is a member of the Legislature's Environment Committee and, the Program Review and Investigations Committee. She is Chair of the Committee on Children as well as Co-Chair of the Results Based Accountability Sub Committee of the Appropriations Committee. She has previously served on the Energy and Technology Committee and the Planning and Development Committee.
Representative Urban has significant concerns about both our economy and the environment, and is committed to finding and maintaining a balance that will encourage sustainable growth within Connecticut. She is also committed to protecting Connecticut's most vulnerable children and providing ample educational opportunities to all children in this state, recognizing the role they will play in the future. She has been the legislative champion for addressing the "circle of violence" that recognizes that animal abuse too often is a harbinger of domestic abuse and criminal activity.


Roxanne White headshotRoxane White

Chief of Staff, Colorado Governor Hickenlooper

As Chief of Staff to Governor Hickenlooper, Roxane White is in charge of the daily functions of the State of Colorado and oversees all Cabinet Members. Before working with Governor Hickenlooper, she served as the Chief of Staff for the City and the Director of Denver Human Services.  Prior to this, Roxane spent 16 years developing outcome based programs for homeless youth in Colorado and California and served as CEO of Urban Peak. She is well known for her passion and expertise in efficient leadership for her outcome based work within the public and private sector.


David Zelenok headshotDavid S. Zelenok, P.E.

Chief Innovation Officer, Colorado APWA Chapter Past President, City of Centennial

Dave Zelenok has thirty years of senior management experience in private practice as well as at the municipal, state and federal levels managing the “full spectrum” of transportation and public works operations, including Aviation, Mass Transit, Traffic Engineering, Toll Highway, Street Maintenance, Parking Systems, Engineering Design and Construction Management Services.

He is currently the City of Centennial Colorado’s (pop. 100,000, incorporated 2001) Chief Innovation Officer.  In that capacity, he leads, champions and advocates for the implementation of creative concepts and new technologies to enhance the operation and management of the City government.   In 2011, Dave was unanimously appointed by the City Council to serve as the Interim City Manager.  Prior to that, he served as Director of Public Works and led the outsourcing of the Public Works Department under his direction, in a move which is widely understood to be the largest public-to-private conversion of its kind in the nation.