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School of Public Affairs Advisory Board




Stephanie Berger
MPA 1995, president of Berger Hirschberg Strategies, LLC

Stephanie Berger is president of Berger Hirschberg Strategies, LLC, a consulting firm that works at the highest levels of American politics. Ms. Berger is an expert, teacher, and trainer in the field of fundraising and non-profit development, with a passion for leadership and the empowerment of women. Stephanie serves as a board member of Harlem's IMPACT Repertory Theatre and is the Vice President of the Board of the Yale Women's Campaign School.


Emily Brett 
Bio forthcoming.




Patricia Cooper
MPA 1994, DCLF 1995, founder and convener of the Women's Regional Network: Afghanistan, Pakistan and India

Patricia Cooper has more than 30 years of private and public sector experience as a public policy analyst, strategic planner, entrepreneur, and civic leader. She was a fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and received a master's degree in international relations from the University of Denver.

Marsha Dawe
Marsha Dawe earned her BA at CU Boulder 1965 and MBA at Pepperdine University in California in 1987. After 40+ years of professional experience in human resources and higher education fundraising, Marsha retired in July 2010. She devoted 23 years to higher education fundraising at the University of Colorado Foundation, and previously at the University of Denver, Stanford and Caltech.



Jo Donlin
MPA 1996, director of external affairs for the Colorado Division of Insurance

Jo Donlin joined the Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI) in 2008 as the Director of External Affairs. Ms. Donlin serves as the Division’s main contact with the Colorado General Assembly as well as a variety of other outside groups including insurance carriers, employers, non-profits, foundations, advocates and professional associations. Ms. Donlin holds a bachelor’s degree from The Colorado College and a master's degree in public administration from the School of Public Affairs.


Eric Estrada
MPA, Senior Corporate Counsel, Level 3 Communications

Bio forthcoming.


David A. French
DCLF 1984, chairman of the board of the Orbis Institute

David French is founder and chairman of the board of the Orbis Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to developing young leaders throughout the world. Mr. French has many years of experience as an entrepreneur and community leader. He completed the Denver Community Leadership Forum in 1984.


Susan Innis
MPA 2007, senior manager of public affairs for Vestas

Susan Innis is the senior manager of public affairs for Vestas. Prior to this, Ms. Innis was the Colorado Carbon Fund program manager for the Colorado Governor's Energy Office. She holds a master's degree in public administration from the School of Public Affairs at University of Colorado at Denver in 2007.




Tony Lewis
Executive  director of the Donnell-Kay Foundation

Tony Lewis is executive director of the Donnell-Kay Foundation, a family foundation that focuses on school reform in Colorado. Prior to this, Mr. Lewis was director of capital planning and director of development for the Colorado Outward Bound School. He earned an master’s degree in international studies from the University of Denver and a bachelor’s degree in forest management science from Colorado State University.



Frederic H. Marienthal
MPA 1979, partner at Kutak Rock LLP

Frederic Marienthal is a partner at Kutak Rock LLP. Mr. Marienthal specializes in facility financing for higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations. He earned his master’s degree in public administration from the School of Public Affairs in 1979.



Katherine Pease
MPA, SPA Lecturer, and Director of Impact Investing at Cornerstone Capital Investment Advisory

Katherine Pease guides clients in constructing impact investment strategies and sourcing investment opportunities, and contributes to ongoing relationship management and impact measurement.  She also supports the investment research team at Cornerstone in developing thematic research in areas specifically related to impact investing.

Katherine has worked with foundations, investors and nonprofit organizations for more than 20 years, most recently as the principal of KP Advisors, a Colorado-based firm that worked with foundations, nonprofits and investors.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Global Greengrants Fund and as a member of the Advisory Board here at the School of Public Affairs.  Previously Katherine served as the executive director of the Gill Foundation and as Senior Vice President for Philanthropic Investments and Policy at Gary Community Investments/Piton Foundation.  She has also been a member of Cornerstone's Global Advisory Council.  Katherine regularly speaks about the intersection of impact investing and social equity and has written about the subject extensively.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts from The Colorado College and her Master's in Public Administration from the University of Colorado, where she is also a Lecturer in the School of Public Affairs.



Monica Clark Petersen
DCLF 2011, associate at SB Clark Companies

Monica Clark Petersen is an associate at S.B. Clark Companies. Prior to this, Ms. Peterson was a fundraiser for the University of Colorado Foundation, focused primarily on philanthropic investments. Ms. Peterson participated in the Denver Community Leadership Forum in 2011 and is working towards her  master’s degree at the School of Public Affairs.

Sara Reynolds
Bio forthcoming.


Mark D. Safty
Partner at Holland & Hart LLP

Mark D. Safty was appointed as the Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development at the University of Colorado Denver in 2013. For more than 30 years, Mr. Safty has provided counsel for energy companies throughout the world. He specializes in development and financing activity within the renewable energy industry. Mr. Safty is also an adjunct professor at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law.

Paul Schauer
Paul Schauer is a husband, father, grandfather with over a 40 year career in the private and public sector. Was with Gates Corporation/Gates Rubber Co, held a variety of positions, managed two state wide trade associations, independent marketing consultant along with serving 10 terms in the Colorado State House of Representative, one term as a CU Regent and locally as a member of the neighborhood HOA. As a State Representative held leadership positions every year and represented the Legislature on the board of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Recognized by national and local group for public service. Helped create the Advisory Committee to the Dean of the CU School of Public Health. Recognized by national and local group for public service.


Gloria Schoch
MPA 2008, vice president of public affairs at MillerCoors

Bio forthcoming.


Kristin Todd
MPA 2000, senior vice president of the scholarship program at the Daniels Fund

Kristin Todd is senior vice president of the scholarship program at the Daniels Fund. Her team is responsible for providing financial assistance to hundreds of the western region’s most exceptional scholars. Prior to this, Ms. Todd was associate vice president at El Pomar Foundation. Ms. Todd earned her master’s degree in public administration from the School of Public Affairs in 2000.

Matt Urkoski 
Bio forthcoming.

Jamie Van Leeuwen
Jamie Van Leeuwen serves as the Senior Advisor for Governor Hickenlooper after almost four years as Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Community Partnerships. Leading up to the Hickenlooper administration, he worked as the Policy Director and served on the transition team for the Hickenlooper for Colorado gubernatorial campaign. He is also the founder and Executive Director of the Global Livingston Institute. Jamie completed his PhD in Public Policy at the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver with an emphasis on affordable housing and homelessness. He has a Masters degree in International Public Health and a Masters degree in Sociology from Tulane University.
Chuck Ward 
Bio forthcoming.


Paul Weissmann
MPA 2006, Boulder County public trustee

Paul Weissmann is the public trustee of Boulder County. Prior to this, Mr. Weissmann served in the Colorado Senate from 1993 to 1996 and served in the Colorado House of Representatives from 2002 to 2010.  Mr. Weismann earned his master’s degree from  the School of Public Affairs in 2006.

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