September 25

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States cannot overcome the most important challenges their communities face – problems like drug addiction, school violence, and barriers to good-paying work – without good information and coordinated action. Integrated Data Systems (IDSs) are a new tool that can drive that coordinated action across otherwise “siloed” agencies. But building that tool requires both legal acumen and leadership.

On Sept. 25 at 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern, Governing is hosting an hour-long, informative webcast on effective strategies governments can adopt to create consistent legal “rules of the road” that promote collaboration across government, help to solve difficult problems, and protect residents and communities.

Join us to learn: 

  • The role of attorneys general (AGs) in navigating legal hurdles
  • Best practices from the state of Colorado on sharing sensitive information among agencies
  • The latest research about how to develop integrated data systems


Mark Funkhouser

Mark Funkhouser — Moderator

Publisher, Governing Magazine

Mark Funkhouser is the publisher of Governing magazine. He served as mayor of Kansas City, Mo., from 2007 to 2011. Prior to being elected mayor, Funkhouser was the city's auditor for 18 years and was honored in 2003 as a Governing Public Official of the Year. Before becoming publisher of Governing, he served as director of the Governing Institute

Funkhouser is an internationally recognized auditing expert, author and teacher in public administration and its fiscal disciplines. He holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in public administration and sociology from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, an M.B.A. in accounting and finance from Tennessee State University and a master's degree in social work from West Virginia University.

Cynthia Coffman

Cynthia Coffman

Attorney General, State of Colorado

A native Missourian, General Coffman graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia and then Georgia State University Law School in Atlanta.

Before moving to Colorado, AG Coffman’s legal career began more than 25 years ago in the Georgia Attorney General’s Office as a courtroom attorney. She then had the opportunity to work for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, where she acted as the primary liaison with the victims and their families following the 1996 domestic terror attack in Olympic Park.

After moving to Colorado, AG Coffman worked in Colorado state government for years. She worked for the Colorado General Assembly’s Office of Legislative Council with the Senate Judiciary Committee and then joined the senior management team at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. General Coffman moved to the State Capitol in 2004, where she had the honor of serving as Chief Counsel to Colorado Governor Bill Owens.

General Coffman began her tenure at the Colorado Department of Law in March of 2005 when she was appointed Chief Deputy Attorney General. She proudly served in this role for 10 years, acting as chief of staff and chief operating officer for the largest law firm in the State of Colorado.

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman serves as the State’s 38th Attorney General. Since being elected in November of 2014, General Coffman has focused on community outreach, consumer protection, drug enforcement and protecting Colorado’s sovereignty. In 2016, Roll Call named AG Coffman one of the Most Influential Women in State Politics. In 2017 Law Week Colorado named AG Coffman one of the Top Women Attorneys.

Rob McKenna

Rob McKenna

Partner, Orrick and Former Attorney General, State of Washington

Rob McKenna is a partner in Orrick's Seattle and Washington, D.C., offices, leads the State AG team in the firm's Public Policy Group and is a member of Orrick's Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation practice. A former Washington State Attorney General and President of the National Association of Attorneys General, Rob’s practice focuses on public policy, litigation, appellate law, and investigations.

Rob served two terms as Attorney General of Washington, from 2005 to 2013. He successfully argued three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and negotiated three of the largest consumer protection settlements in national history, all involving mortgage lending and servicing. While serving as President of the National Association of Attorneys General, he created and led an initiative to combat human trafficking in the United States which has continued to this day. In 2011, his fellow attorneys general honored him with the NAAG Kelley-Wyman Award for “Outstanding Attorney General” in America.

Prior to serving as Washington Attorney General, Rob was elected three times to the Metropolitan King County Council. He has held numerous community leadership positions with public school and college foundations, domestic violence prevention organizations, and leadership development groups. A Distinguished Eagle Scout himself, Rob is Past President of the Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts of America and continues to serve on its Executive Board; has served on numerous other non-profit boards, including the board of United Way of King County, and was a 20-year member of Bellevue Rotary.