Jamie Van Leeuwen
Jamie Van Leeuwen currently works as a Senior Advisor/Governor Hickenlooper and Director of Community Partnerships. Prior to this appointment, Jamie was the Policy Director for the Hickenlooper for Colorado gubernatorial campaign. In 2006, Jamie was appointed by Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper to head up Denver’s Road Home, the city’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. In the first five years, Denver’s Road Home generated over $50 million in new resources for the homeless, developed over 2,000 new units of affordable housing, prevented over 3,500 families from becoming homeless and reduced chronic homelessness by 70 percent.
In 2007, Jamie was appointed to chair the Drug Strategy Commission and oversee the Office of Drug Strategy. In the first two years the plan created over $500 thousand in new treatment services and generated $3.5 million in-kind media annually. Prior to his role in the public sector, Jamie directed fundraising, legislative work and research as the Director of Development & Public Affairs at Urban Peak, a non-profit agency serving homeless and at-risk youth. He is a graduate of Leadership Denver (2002), Emerging Leaders (2003), and Leadership Arts (2004) and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Metropolitan State College of Denver and the University of Denver. In 2008 he was appointed to the faculty of University of Colorado Denver School of Public Health. Jamie was selected in 2005 as a Livingston Fellow by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Board to cultivate his leadership in the non-profit community and in 2006 was named “Forty Under Forty” by the Denver Business Journal. He is the recipient of the 2009 “Judy Kaufman Civic Entrepreneurship Award” from the Denver Foundation.
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.