Friday, April 6, 2012

Chamber leader to depart

Posted By on Fri, Apr 6, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Stephannie Finley is leaving her job at the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and EDC as president of governmental affairs and public policy.

Finley: Saying adios.
  • Finley: Saying adios.

Although no official announcement has been made, and we've not been able to reach Finley to confirm, she apparently is telling people she's accepted a job at University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Not surprising, considering she's worked with Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak before.

Here's her background, as outlined on the Chamber's website:

Stephannie Finley began her career working for a small business that brokered and distributed goods to military commissaries, including Peterson AFB, the United States Air Force Academy and Ft. Carson. After Midwest Food Distributors was sold, Stephannie entered the world of politics. She has an extensive background working with many levels of government, including most recently the executive branch in Governor Bill Owens’ Administration as Chief of Staff to Lt. Governor Jane Norton. One of the most exciting experiences was serving on the Presidential Advance Team for the White House in the early 90s.

Stephannie served as a staff member for the Colorado General Assembly, chief of staff for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, worked at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as Assistant Director, and was the Director of State Government Relations for the University of Colorado before joining the Lieutenant Governor as her chief of staff. Stephannie was caught up in the excitement of Colorado Springs’ dynamic advancement when she worked with Chancellor (Pam) Shockley (Zalabak) and the UCCS team for almost two years. She witnessed firsthand how the University’s leadership was moving the campus forward through an impressive and effective partnership with the community. Through that interaction, she agreed to join the Colorado Springs Chamber in February of 2006.

Stephannie serves on the School Board of Directors for Hope Online Learning Academy, is on the Board of the Colorado Springs Conservatory and is the co-lead of Citizens for Effective Government. Stephannie was selected to be the co-lead on the City’s Fiscal Sustainability Committee’s City Services Subcommittee and is on the planning team for the Chancellor’s Women’s Leadership Symposium. She was recently chosen by the Colorado Springs Business Journal as one of ten 2008 “Women of Influence” and recently received an award from the City of Colorado Springs for leadership in addressing fiscal sustainability. Stephannie just graduated from the 2009 Colorado Springs Leadership Institute program, where she was chosen by her peers to be Class Representative. She also served in the past as a member of the Board for the Colorado Suicide Prevention Advisory Council and the Colorado Mental Health Board.

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