Announcing the 2018-2019 Colorado Governors Fellows

Public policy program supported by Governors Hickenlooper, Owens and Ritter introduces third class of Fellows

DENVER, CO. Friday, June 8, 2018 – Quarterly Forum (QF) is proud to announce the 2019 class of Colorado Governors Fellows. The 2019 class of Colorado Governors Fellows includes 32 executives and community leaders from Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Grand Junction, and the Metro Denver area representing a diverse background of industries, sectors, and work experience.

“Colorado is leading the nation in creating how we involve these emerging leaders in government,” says Governor John Hickenlooper. “This Fellowship Program was designed to develop a pipeline of future talent in government to complement and enhance the great talent we have. This program both prepares our community leaders for government service and inspires them to take the step to get involved.”

Now in its third year, the Colorado Governors Fellowship Program is a nonpartisan public sector leadership program inspired by the White House Fellows Program and Dr. Geoff Smart’s best-selling book, Leadocracy.Supported by Governors Hickenlooper, Owens, and Ritter, the Fellowship Program operates on the premise that government is only as good as who is in it, and that the best executives from the private and nonprofit sectors can elevate the brand of government by applying their skills and experience to the public sector.

As Governor Hickenlooper shared in a 2016 interview, “The best-trained leadership in this country is in business — something like 75 percent of all the people with advanced leadership degrees are in business. They are trained in how to use data to get results; how to motivate the workforce; how to measure outcomes. I don’t diminish the importance of people with experience in public affairs. We need both. But often you see governments insulated from the world of the private sector.” 

 “Colorado has incredible talent from the private and nonprofit sectors across the state,” says QF Director of Programs Eric Hopfenbeck. “To see the interest from these leaders to use their leadership skills and creative minds to make an impact in the public sector is inspiring and humbling. At QF, we are honored to provide this opportunity for the best and brightest to help shape the future of public service in our state.” 

Through monthly educational sessions with interactive conversations with renowned speakers, shadow sessions with senior public officials, and lunches with the Governor, the Fellowship Program prepares these leaders to apply their innovative skills and experiences toward solving the state’s most challenging issues. The final Civic Intensathonevent is modeled after tech sector “hackathons” and provides an opportunity for Fellows to address real-time policy challenges and present potential solutions to the Governor and his senior team. All Fellows are approved by Governor Hickenlooper. 

The 2019 Fellows will be inducted into the program by Governor Hickenlooper on June 28, 2018. Titled The Leap, the event is a celebration for all 2018 QF Fellowship programs, and a kick-off for the new cohort of 2019 Fellows alongside top community leaders and public officials. 

Introducing the 2019 class of Colorado Governors Fellows:

Maggie Anderson– Senior Vice President, DaVita Inc., Denver

Frankki Bevins– Partner, McKinsey & Company, Denver

Dennis Bianucci– Retired Principal, Deloitte Consulting, Arvada

Brian Boonstra– Partner, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, Denver

Melissa Brownstein– Partner, EKS&H, Morrison

Matthew Burkett– CEO, The Flyfisher Group, Denver

Jorge Castañeda– Partner, Casteñeda Law, Denver

Kyle Chism– Turner Construction Company, Denver

Nick Christensen– Co-founder & Investor, Chrisland Companies, Fort Collins

Fred Colen– Portfolio Manager / Investment Analyst, ArrowMark Partners, Evergreen

Patrick Cowan– Senior Vice President / Commercial Banking, US Bank, Denver

Kelly Galloway– Director of Patient Care Services, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver

Gino Greco– Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming, Denver

Josef Hoelscher– Director of Corporate Development, Liberty Media, Denver

Zaneta Kelsey– Director of STech Marketing, Arrow Electronics, Centennial

Taylor Kirkpatrick– President & Chief Executive Officer, Babson Farms, Denver

Patricia Landaveri– Senior Colorado Community Affairs Advisor, Noble Energy, Denver

Peter Maiurro– Senior Vice President, El Pomar Foundation, Colorado Springs

Stephanie Matlock– Professor, Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction

Katie McNerney– Founder and Partner, LeaderFit, Denver

Christian Reece– Executive Director, CLUB 20, Grand Junction

David Ryan– CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, Denver

 Tim Seibert– Vice President, Nor’wood Development Group, Colorado Springs

Andy Seth– Chairman of the Board, Minds Matter, Denver

Sarah Shrader– Owner and Co-Founder, Bonsai Design, Grand Junction

Edie Sonn– Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, Pinnacol Assurance, Denver

Sumer Sorensen-Bain– Chief of Programs and Operations, Manufacturer’s Edge, Denver 

Jocelyn Stephens– Executive Director of Education, Public Education & Business Coalition, Denver

Sean VanBerschot– Vice President and Partner, Prosono, Denver

Jonathan Vaughters– CEO, Slipstream Sports LLC, Boulder 

Chad Vorthmann– Executive Vice President, Colorado Farm Bureau, Centennial

Alana Watkins– Owner and President, VOCA Public Relations, Denver

The 2018-2019 Fellowship Program is executed with the generous support of the Boettcher Foundation, Quarterly Forum, and in partnership with the University of Colorado School of Public Affairs, the Governor’s Office, and The Commons on Champa.

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Eric Hopfenbeck