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CU Denver Chief of External Initiatives

Nolbert Chavez


Norbert Chavez
Nolbert Chavez

Nolbert D. Chavez is Chief of External Initiatives for the University of Colorado Denver. He works closely with Chancellor Horrell, faculty and staff to assure that external engagement efforts across campus are effective, value added and strategic. He works with community partners to like the City of Denver and other business and community organizations to realize the potential of meaningful partnerships. In addition, Nolbert serves as Associate Vice President for External Community Engagement for the University of Colorado system. In that capacity he helps connect the CU system to diverse communities as part of a larger engagement effort. He currently represents the University of Colorado on the Board of Directors of the Latin American Education Foundation. 

Mr. Chavez has significant experience working to connect universities and other organizations to public and private partners. For thirteen years he was a partner in Capitol Success Group, a public affairs and lobbying firm based in Denver, Colorado.  His clients included non-profit, corporate, governmental, quasi-governmental and higher education clients including Adams State University and Metro State University of Denver. 

Mr. Chavez was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1994 and served eight years representing HD5 (Denver). His district included northwest Denver, capitol hill, downtown and the Auraria Campus.

Mr. Chavez earned a Bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing and in 2016, Nolbert earned a Master’s degree in Political Science with an emphasis in policy and politics from the University of Colorado, Denver. 

Representative Chavez was appointed by Speaker of the House Russell George to the Council of State Governments and by Mayor Wellington Webb to serve on the Denver Community Corrections Board. Governor Ritter and Governor Hickenlooper appointed him to the Colorado Boxing Commission, where he served as Vice Chairman. In 2013, Mr. Chavez was appointed by Mayor Michael Hancock to serve on the Judicial Discipline Commission and was appointed by Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar to serve on the American Latino Heritage Fund of the National Parks Foundation.


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