Thursday, December 6, 2018

Governor-elect Polis announces top staffers

Posted By on Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 2:16 PM

click to enlarge Colorado's next governor is choosing top staff, and none hail from Colorado Springs. - COURTESY POLIS CAMPAIGN
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  • Colorado's next governor is choosing top staff, and none hail from Colorado Springs.
Here's what happens when you put all your eggs in one basket, called the Republican Party.

When the Democrats swept all statewide constitutional office on Nov. 6, it left Bright Red El Paso County out in the cold, as demonstrated by this first round of staffing announcements made by Governor-Elect Jared Polis, just released:

Eve Lieberman: Chief Policy Advisor and Legislative Counsel
Eve Lieberman, currently Chief of Staff to Congressman Jared Polis’ congressional office, will continue to be a close confidant of Gov.-Elect Polis while serving as top advisor on his legislative and policy agenda. She will also serve as the administration’s lead for policy and legislative efforts, including managing the legislative and policy departments.

Cary Kennedy: Senior Advisor for Fiscal Policy
Former State Treasurer and CFO of Denver, Cary Kennedy will be charged with looking for long-term creative fiscal policy solutions—a role she is uniquely qualified to hold and has demonstrated success for the City of Denver.

David Oppenheim: Legislative Director
Most recently state director of State Innovation Exchange (SIX) and previous Chief of Staff to the House Democrats for two separate Speakers, David will lead the day-to-day legislative team and brings with him extensive legislative experience.

Wade Buchanan: Policy Director
Wade will be reviving the role he fulfilled for Gov. Romer as policy director, having most recently served as Gov. Hickenlooper’s senior advisor on Aging. Prior, he lead the Bell Policy Center for more than 15 years. Wade brings an unparalleled breadth of policy and institutional knowledge to the team.

Maria De Cambra: Director of Communications and Community Engagement
Maria is the former Mayor Pro-Tem of Westminster’s City Council and Managing Director at the Campaign for a Strong Colorado. Most recently, she was Senior Associate at prominent public affairs firm, Hilltop Public Solutions. Maria will be leading the Gov.’s communications and outreach strategy.

Kate Siegel Shimko: Director of Boards and Commissions
Kate is a longtime staffer to Congressman Jared Polis, serving as his national finance director for the past seven years. She joins the team with a keen awareness of the administration’s network and its goals.

Danielle Oliveto: Deputy Chief of Staff
Danielle rejoins the Polis team after a four-year hiatus working as a sustainability advocate in San Francisco. Prior, she worked on Congressman Jared Polis’ campaigns and in his congressional office in various roles since 2008.

Jacki Cooper Melmed: Chief Legal Counsel
Jacki Cooper Melmed will continue to serve the Polis Administration in the role she has fulfilled for the Hickenlooper Administration since 2015. Prior to public service in the Gov.’s office, she gained extensive legal experience at Shoemaker, Ghiselli + Schwartz, and Hogan & Hartson, LLP. Jacki also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Michael Bender in the Colorado Supreme Court.

Lauren Larson: Director of the Office of State Planning and Budgeting
Lauren will continue serving as the director of OSPB, a role she has fulfilled since July for the Hickenlooper Administration. Prior, she managed a $50 billion budget at the White House Office of Management and Budget where she was Chief of the Treasury Branch under Presidents Bush and Obama. Prior to her work in public service, Lauren was an economist at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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