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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.



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
Bio forthcoming.



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.


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.

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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